Live Q&A morning session

Q. I have noticed it only gives you a small amount of words to answer questions in such as 'Tell us why you want to become a police officer?'. For this question you are only given 75 words but in previous applications it has given you a word limit of closer to 300 words. How come this is the case?

A. Hi Rob,

Thank you for question

The limit of 75 words is correct per sub question

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. Is it smart-casual dress code for the session tomorrow?

A. Hi Sarah, anything that you feel comfortable in. Thanks, HR Recruitment

 

Q. When will we be notified if we are to progress to an assessment center and is this the next event?

A. Hello Charlotte,

Thank you for your question

Results of the application stage will be communicated via email from our MFSS within 2-3 weeks from close of application.

Yes the assessment centre is the next stage after the application

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. If I had my application withdrawn by you in March (although after passing all stages), does this mean I cannot reapply as it's within 6 months?

A. Dear Alice, you will be able to reapply as you passed interview stage. Many thanks and Kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. Is there the opportunity to try out the bleep test at the session tomorrow? If so, do we need to bring suitable clothing/footwear?

A. Hello Sarah,

Yes there is. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear. We have changing facilitates here.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. I have done safeguarding and anti-radicalisation training. Would this be relevant under qualifications, although I did not get a qualification from it?

A. Hi Sarah,

I would recommend including all training you have embarked on

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. I have been self employed for many years, I currently run my own business. Will this cause problems or delays with my application with regard to employment references. Thank you.

A. Hello Paul,

This will be looked at at the pre employment stage. This should not cause delays at this stage

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Would failing at the vetting stage from a previous application preclude me from reapplying?

A. Dear Ben, if you failed at vetting stage with Cheshire Constabulary please liaise with our vetting unit as to the reasons and whether you are able to apply again. Many thanks and Kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. I have been looking at the site daily to keep track of my application and I did not see anywhere to apply to attend the event tomorrow, will there be another workshop or have i missed my chance?

A. Hello Charlotte,

The workshop was advertised on our job vacancies page.

Unfortunately we cannot facilitate anymore workshops however If you have any queries about the process please do not hesitate to ask them via the Q&A session or send an email to mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. It says on your website that you're holding the assessment centre week commencing 16th October - are these going to be held during the week or at the weekend?

A. Hi George, assessment centre dates will be confirmed in due course. Please ensure that you are available for the whole week if you are to be successful and invited to assessment centre with Cheshire Constabulary. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. What is looked at when you do the medical?

A. Hello Lisa,

Thank you for your question.

The medical appointment will look at your pre screen which includes GP and opticians report, as well as an audio and respiratory questionnaire. Following this there will be a hearing test, lung function test, blood pressure, urine test, BMI and anything else raised by the applicant during the appointment.

The above will be carried out by the nurse and then the applicant will see the doctor who listens to the heart and chest, and if necessary checks movement in shoulders and neck.

You will also be required to complete a medical questionnaire to disclose any existing conditions or any previous ones too.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. I attended the Insight programme last week. Is it possible to be paired with a buddy or arrange some form of work shadowing?

A. Dear Sarah, please email Corporate.HR.Advisory.Team@cheshire.pnn.police.uk with regards to Insight queries. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. OK, so in the employment section you could leave the e mail address field blank or put a generic address like office@...?

A. Hi Sarah, if you do not have a personal email address for a line manager, you can put the email address of the HR Department for that employer. Kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Thank you, so the questions are scored and ithe best candidates are picked through them?

A. Hi Will, questions are scored against the National College of Policing Criteria. There is a national pass mark however forces can benchmark at a higher pass mark to progress candidates through with. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. During the probationary period, is a Police Officer required to sit and pass exams? Thank you

A. Dear Paul, a Student Officer will sit exams during the initial training. However once you are posted out on area (during the 2 year probationary period) there will not be any exams with regards to your Student Constable role. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. H!! If I am currently a special constable in training, does this come under the employment section of the application or just the other part about any other forces? Thanks

A. Hi Sam, it would come under employment section and other forces. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. If I have already attended the recruitment seminar prior to the application being posted, would the recruitment workshop tomorrow be similar

A. Hi Charlotte, the workshop will cover the same stages however there will be a more practical section, covering more detail about the assessment centre and interview stage, and a chance to practice the fitness test. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. OK, thank you. When filling in employer details, is the e mail address field for the referee?Is it OK to use a former colleague who now works somewhere else?

A. Hi Sarah, there is a section that specifically asks for referee details. It will be one from your current employer (this will need to be your line manager that you are working for) and one for a personal reference. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. I am 18 in November - can I still apply? I am desperate to be a Police Officer

A. Hello Tom,

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately as part of the personal eligibility criteria you are required to be 18 years old on point of application.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment

 

Q. Good afternoon, I'm currently half way through completing my application. What's the most Important things you're looking for when you deal with these?

A. Dear Will, thank you for your question. All applications are looked at in thorough detail. An application will go through an initial hardsift so please complete these sections in as much detail as possible. Following the initial hardsift it will then be CBQ marked. This is marked against the competency questions and motivational questions which will give an application a score. These questions are anonymised. So in answer to your question all sections are important. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. I'm just wondering on the section about tattoos do you need to describe all of them and attach pictied of them all or the ones that will be visable?. And will hand tattoos be acceptable ? Many thanks

Hello Stacey,

Thank you for your question.

Please supply images and descriptions of all the tattoos.

With regards hand tattoos these are acceptable as long as they do not cause offence, are excessive or considered unprofessional.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hello, How do you become a dog trainer for the police?

A. Dear Charlotte, thank you for your question. Following an officer completing and successfully passing a 2 year probation period. Officer can look to specialise by discussing this with their line manager. It would also need to be mentioned in a PDR (CPD). Currently any officer wanting to become a dog trainer would need to undertake a specialist course. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I am interested in going to the recruitment workshop tomorrow but I can't find where to book onto it. Is there still places available? Thank you, Lisa

A. Hello Lisa,

Thank you for your question.

Unfortunately there are now no places available on the workshops.

If you have any queries about the process please do not hesitate to ask them via the Q&A session or send an email to mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. If I am successful - where will I be posted?

A. Hello Jane,

Thank you for your question.

Police constables are expected to work across the county and can be posted to any local policing unit. Personal circumstances are considered alongside the demands of the constabulary.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. I am really nervous about the fitness test - do you have any tips?

A. Hi Jeremy,

Thank you for your question

Being nervous is normal but if you prepare correctly this shouldn't be an issue.

We would recommend downloading a fitness test app to help you practice.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. I could not book onto either session tomorrow at HQ as they were fully booked at the time, are you live streaming the events?

A. Dear Matt, unfortunately we will not be live streaming the event. If you have any queries about the process please do not hesitate to ask them via the Q&A session or send an email to mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Is there a certain % who fail the 2 year probation, what happens if you do not pass?

A. Dear Gez, as a student officer you will have support from your colleagues, training officers and tutor. If at any point it looks like an individual requires more support this will be addressed within a meeting with the line manager. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. That's fine, thank you. I know the agencies generally don't provide references. All they will say is that there were no disciplinary or safeguarding issues. Would that be OK?

A. Hi Sarah,

That would be something we would look in to at pre-employment stages. At this current stage this would not be a problem.

Kind Regards,
HR Recruitment


Q. Once the application form has been submitted, how long does it normally take to receive a decision. Will a candidate be informed by email of the outcome?

A. Hello Paul, Thank you for your question.

The outcome will be sent via email from our MFSS within 2-3 weeks of the advert closing.

Kind Regards,

HR Recruitment

 

Q. I am currently working as a supply teacher for a few different employment agencies. Who would I need to put down as my current employer?

A. Dear Sarah, thank you for your query. Put the agency that you mainly use and then detail all other agencies as previous employers explaining in the free text box that you are still on an agency contract with them. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. What would you expect in your first few days or weeks of being a Constable

A. Hello Charlotte, Thank you for your question.

After your training the role of a police constable is varied and different and you could deal with anything from moving a road obstruction to a sudden death.

Kind Regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Another question, my father is separated from his wife and they have not been together for 2 years however they're not divorced yet. Should I still input all of her details into my application as his partner or not?

A. Dear Matt, please provide all the details on your application. Also provide an explanation of this. Thanks, HR Recruitment

 

Q. Hi, I have a half brother that I have not seen for 10 years and have no contact with. I will check with my father to get his D.O.B however he may not know the address or contact details, would this effect my application negatively or is this something that can be sorted?

A. Dear Matt, if you put all the information you have about your step brother and if you aren't able to provide all information at this point please put an explanation to the reason why. You would then need to do this again if you pass the processes and need to complete a vetting form. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. If successful through the process and after initial training, do you take into consideration commuting times when assigning constables to stations or would the applicant be expected to commute or move closer to their assigned location regardless?

A. All police constables are expected to work across the county and individuals can be posted to any Local Policing Unit. However personal circumstances are considered alongside the demands of the constabulary.

 

Q. Prior to applying for the role of a Police Constable, does a candidate need to have started the college of policing course.

A. Dear Paul, In order to apply you would need to meet the eligibility criteria. Part of this criteria is you would need to have already gained the CKP (Certificate of Knowledge of Policing), or have a level 3 qualification or have achieved 2 x A-levels at a pass. This information is on our force website. Many thanks and kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. Are there any duties or roles that a Police Constable who has been made aware that they are colour blind cannot undertake. For example firearms officers?

A. Hello Paul. Thank you for your question.

Eyesight criteria is available the college of policing website. A link to this can be found on the Cheshire Police website.

Kind Regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. How many constables are you looking to recruit and is the process likely to be similar to the one you carried out in 2016?

A. Hello George, Thank you for your question.
There are currently 3 planned intakes but at this time we cannot confirm numbers. The national process remains the same.

Kind Regards, HR Recruitment

 

Q. I have not been a special constable, would this lower my chance of being successful with my Police Constable application ?

A. Dear Charlotte, thank you for your question. If you have not been a Special Constable this will not lower your chance of being successful. Many thanks and Kind regards, HR Recruitment.

 

Q. Is there an upper age limit to apply?

A. Hello Andy, No there is no upper age limit. All successful candidates throughout the process are required to complete pre-employment checks