THE POLICE APPLICATION FORM

The only way that you will pass the police application form is to provide plenty of proof and evidence of where you match the core competencies being assessed. These can include personal responsibility, effective communication, resilience and confidence and teamwork, to name just a few. Make sure you go all out to provide suitable and reliable evidence on each of the competency based questions to gain sufficient marks to pass this important first stage.

HOW TO PASS THE POLICE APPLICATION FORM ARTICLE


Once you fully understand the core competencies, you can start to complete your police officer application form. But before you do this, take a read of the following important tips which will help you to submit a first class application.

- Make sure you read the whole of the application form at least twice before preparing your responses, including the guidance notes.

- Read and understand the person specification and the police officer core competencies.

- Try to tailor your answers around the ‘core competencies’ and include any keywords or phrases you think are relevant.

- Make sure you base your answers on actual events that you have experienced either in your work life or personal life.

- Fill the form out in the correct ink colour. If you fail to follow this simple instruction then your form may end up in the bin! If you are completing it on-line, follow the guidance notes carefully.

- If there is a specific word count for each question, make sure you stick to it.

- Make sure you keep a photocopy of your completed application form before sending it off as you could be asked questions relating to it during the interview stage if you progress that far.

- Do not lie.

- Get someone to read your practice/completed application form to check for spelling/grammar mistakes. You lose marks for poor grammar/spelling.
- Finally, send your police officer application form recorded delivery. This will prevent your form going missing in the post, which happens more often that you think.

Sample police officer application form question and response
The following sample application form question may not be applicable to your specific form. However, it will provide you with some excellent tips and advice on how to approach the questions.

Sample question number 1
What knowledge, skills and experiences do you have that will enable you to meet the requirements of a police officer?

ANSWER (example only)
“In my previous employment as a customer services assistant I was required to work closely with the general public on many occasions. Often I would be required to provide varied solutions to customers’ problems or complaints after listening to their concerns. It was always important for me to listen carefully to what they had to say and respond in a manner that was both respectful and understanding.

On some occasions I would have to communicate with members of the public from a different race or background and I made sure I paid particular attention to making sure they understood how I was going to resolve their problems for them. I would always be sensitive to how they may have been feeling on the other end of the telephone.

Every Monday morning the team that I was a part of would hold a meeting to discuss ways in which we could improve our service to the customer. During these meetings I would always ensure that I contributed and shared any relevant experiences I had had during the previous week. Sometimes during the group discussions I would find that some members of the group were shy and not very confident at coming forward, so I always sensitively tried to involve them wherever possible.

I remember on one occasion during a meeting I provided a solution to a problem that had been on-going for some time. I had noticed that customers would often call back to see if their complaint had been resolved, which was often time-consuming for the company to deal with. So I suggested that we should have a system where customers were called back after 48 hours with an update of progress in relation to their complaint. My suggestion was taken forward and is now an integral part of the company’s procedures. I found it quite hard at first to persuade managers to take on my idea but I was confident that the change would provide a better service to the public we were serving.”

Police Application Form How to become a Police Officer

Guidance
First of all read the example answer I have provided above. Then try to ‘match’ the answer to the core competencies that are relevant to the role of a police officer and you will begin to understand what is required.

For example, the first paragraph reads as follows:

“In my previous employment as a customer services assistant I was required to work closely with the general public on many occasions. Often I would be required to provide varied solutions to customers’ problems or complaints after listening to their concerns. It was always important for me to listen carefully to what they had to say and respond in a manner that was both respectful and understanding.”

The above paragraph matches elements of the core competency of community and customer focus.

Now take a look at the next paragraph:
“On some occasions I would have to communicate with members of the public from a different race or background and I made sure I paid particular attention to making sure they understood how I was going to resolve their problems for them. I would always be sensitive to how they may have been feeling on the other end of the telephone.”

The response matches elements of the core competency of respect for race and diversity.

Hopefully you are now beginning to understand what is required and how important it is to ‘match’ your response with the core competencies that are being assessed. Remember to make sure you read fully the guidance notes that are contained within your application pack. You will also hopefully start to realise why

I recommend you set aside five evenings to complete the form!

It is also possible to use examples from your personal life, so don’t just think about work experiences but look at other aspects of your life too. Try also to think of any community work that you have been involved in. Have you been a special constable or do you work for a charity or other similar organisation? Maybe you are a member of neighbourhood watch and if so you should find it quite a simple process to match the core competencies.

Try to tailor your responses to the core competencies that are being assessed and briefly cover each assessable area if possible. You may also want to try to include keywords and phrases from the core competencies when constructing your response.

I will now provide you with a number of sample keywords and phrases that are relevant to each core competency. These will help you to understand exactly what I mean when I say ‘match’ the core competencies in each of your responses.

Keywords and phrases to consider using in your responses to the application form questions

Respect for race and diversity
- Show respect for others
- Take into account the feelings of colleagues

Team working
- Develop strong working relationships
- Achieve common goals
- Break down barriers
- Involve others

Community and customer focus
- Focusing on the customer
- High-quality service
- The needs of others
- Understand the community
- Commitment

Effective communication
- Communicates ideas
- Effective communication
- Understand others

Problem solving
- Gather information
- Analyse information
- Identify problems
- Make effective decisions

Personal responsibility
- Take personal responsibility
- Achieve results
- Motivation
- Commitment
- Perseverance
- Conscientiousness
- Act with a high degree of integrity

Resilience
- Make difficult decisions
- Confidence

Use the above keywords when completing your police application form and your chances of success will greatly increase.

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