Live Q&A afternoon session

Q. Hi, I have some supporting documents to attach to my application, how should I do this? Thanks

A. Hi Eli,

Thank you for your question.

Please email these in to mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. I failed my fitness test in May i think it was, and I have yet to hear back about being invited for a second one... any advice as to what I can do? 

A. Hi Charlotte,

If this refers to another role please email in to mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

If in regards to police officer-I would recommend downloading an app to practice

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I was just wondering if I am able to put an application in for two different police forces at the same time. As I am currently only at the application pack submission stage for both? Thanks

A. Hi Adam,

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately you are unable to have two live applications at the same time

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I have recently completed the CKP qualification. Do I need to submit these via email or await a response to my application? Thanks

A. Dear Adam, thank you for your query. If you have completed your CKP please detail this in the application and proof will be asked for if you progress through to the next stage. If you can upload then please try. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I've previously applied to a different force passed the assessment centre within the past 12 months but failed the in force interview. If my application goes through will the score be transferred? What would happen next?

A. Hello Hannah,

Thank you for your question.

If an applicant has a SEARCH Assessment Centre national overall pass mark of 50% or more, this can be transferred to Cheshire Constabulary. The applicant is required to complete all personal details including references and qualifications and the motivational questions (5-10) on the application form. They are not required to complete the Competency Based Questions (1-4), in this section they will need to put TRANSFER OF SEARCH ASSESSMENT CENTRE SCORE.

Applicants will then need to email MFSS Resourcing their SEARCH Assessment Centre booklet as the upload facility is not available (Charli to amend advert to inform applicants of this). These booklets will be saved in a folder on the CPS drive by MFSS with the candidates surname first, for example ……. SMITH, Sam.

Any applicant making any enquiries about the process is to be informed that if they are transferring their SEARCH Assessment Centre they are not guaranteed an interview and will be considered with all other applicants who pass this stage. Cheshire Constabulary will progress with the highest scoring SEARCH Assessment Centre applicants to meet the resource requirements of the force, therefore an interview is not guaranteed.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

Q. Hi, I was unable to book onto the recruitment workshop for tomorrow, will this impact my application at all? Thanks 

A. Hi Adam, the workshop is not mandatory and will not impact your application for not being able to attend. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hello, im currently serving in the armed forces, i dont hold a level 3 in police knowledge (but will complete one if i am successful) and will take me 1 year to get out. Which means i will miss your intake dates jan feb and march next year, if successful will i be on a reserve list? And be loaded on to the next intake ? 

A. Hello Mattie,

Thank you for your question.

In order to apply you need the CKP certificate at point of application.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I have used work related examples for all of my scenarios, will I be marked down for showing a lack of diversity?

A. Hi Jenny,

Thank you for your question.

No you will not be marked down as long as the response answers the question.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hello. When is the next recruitment window after this one? Thanks 

A. Dear Mattie, we cannot confirm at this time. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I'm currently going through the special constable process and just awaiting a medical date, I've just conpleted the application for the role of a police constable but I noticed you have to have certain qualifications to be successful at the apllication stage but you don't need the same qualifications to become a special constable is there any reason for this as the special constable recruitment process is similar and a special constable carries out the same duties as a full time police constable. Thanks

A. Hi Aarron,

Thank you for your question.

We go by College of Policing guidance. Due to pay scales COP advise that set qualifications are required.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I live in Stoke On Trent bordering Cheshire, so not actually within the county. Would this affect my application in any way? Also on the recruitment page it suggests applications may close early due to the volume of applications, has this been confirmed? Thanks again 

A. Hello Adam,

Thank you for your questions.

Location would not affect your application.

As for closing the application lines early this has not be confirmed as of yet but would recommend to submit your application as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. If I am successful, how do I become a detective like in line of duty? 

A. Hello James,

Thank you for your question.

In order to become a detective you have to complete a 2 year probation period as a PC on the response unit. From there you would have a conversation with your supervision, include it in your PDR and continuous professional development. Then sit an examination in order to become a detective

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I had my car broken in to on a couple of occasions and my fingerprints were taken as part of the investigation. Does that need to be mentioned in the criminal history part of the application form? 

A. Hello Sarah,

Thank you for your question.

Yes please disclose everything within the application form

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. So will I be unsuccessful at the application stage for not having these qualifications but will allow me to carry out the same duties as a special constable. 

A. Dear Aarron, unfortunately we will not be able to progress your application further if you do not meet the eligibility criteria. Applicants are able to apply for the role of Special Constable with a different eligibility criteria. As previously mentioned we take guidance from College of Policing. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. What does the assessment centre tests consist of? What is the best plan of action to prepare for it if successful in the application stage 

A. Hello,


The assessment centre has 5 stages:

Interview
Role Play
Numerical
Verbal ability
Written

The assessment centre is really there to assess how you perform on the day. If success at application form stage you will receive a information pack with the invite to assessment centre. We recommend reading that thoroughly to prepare.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. In 2007/8 I worked abroad as part of my degree. How do I cover that period with references? 

A. Hello Sarah,

Thank you for your question

We would not require a reference to cover that period of time

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. When is the next fitness test for specials... i failed my last one 

A. Hello Laura,

Thank you for your questions

Please contact mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment 

 

Q. OK, thank you. With regards to James' previous question, does the response unit mean the officers answering 999 calls? Does Cheshire split PCs between response, neighbourhood and investigations like some other forces? 

A. Dear Sarah, thank you for your question. All students are expected to work within response and some beat management roles, which is dictated to by the college of policing. Within this period there will be opportunities to seek some experiences within specialist Detective roles. Applying to be a detective can only be achieved following successfully completing 2 years probation. This would need to be detailed within your PDR and through conversations with your line manager. Following this you can apply for the specialist course. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. Good afternoon, It shows on the application form about taking 2 pictures of tattoos on the hands, forearm, neck or face but says contact about what to do about any other tattoos, would I need to take 1 picture of all other tattoos or just send pictures of the ones mentioned? Thanks. 

A. Hello,

Please include pictures of all tattoos and description of where they are

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. Do you have to have a university degree to become part of the CID after the 2 year term of being and officer or is it just 2 A-levels that are needed? 

A. Hello Charlotte,

Thank you for your question.

Please see this link: http://www.college.police.u...

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. OK, thanks. What period needs to be covered by references as it says 10 years on the application form?Or does that not include being a student? 

A. Hi Sarah, 3 years of references we ask for. Whether that is paid employment, voluntary or educational. Many thanks, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. If you don't pass any of the stages at all or don't get through the initial application, will you be advised as to why you don't pass? For example if you apply and don't get invited to the assessment centre? 

A. Good evening, you will be advised whether you are successful to the next stage or not. You will be sent a booklet of the score attained for CBQ shortlisting from College of Policing. You will also receive a booklet of your score following assessment centre from College of Policing. You will not receive feedback following interview stage.
You will not be provided with personal feedback at any stage due to the high volume of applicants we receive. Many thanks and Kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Also, are police officers eligible for overtime pay? 

A. Hello Sarah,

Police officers to the rank of SGT are entitled if they work planned overtime.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment