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Gwent Police – Police Officer (Transfer of Assessment Centre Scores) Recruitment now open!

* Please note candidates who sat their assessment centre with Gwent and then failed at interview need not apply.


Based at: Gwent Police, Forcewide

Closing Date: Friday 23 June @ 16:00 hours

Pay Scale: Commencing on £22,896

The Chief Officer of Police shall assign to pay point 1 any candidate who:




Candidates not meeting the above criteria will start on Pay Point 0 - £19773

Gwent Police are accepting transfer of Police SEARCH Assessment Centre results, to recruit new probationer Constables.


The criteria for transferring your results is as follows:


Please send a copy of your official SEARCH feedback and a copy of your driving license report to:

Please be aware if successful at the sifting stage you will be required to be available for further assessments, the following dates (**estimated and therefore subject to change):


Compulsory Awareness Session
Interviews17th July 2017
Drugs & Biometric Testing

14th August 2017

Fitness Test14th August 2017
Health Check21st & 28th August 2017



For Information
Offer letters issued15th September 2017
Intake Date23rd October 2017

For full details please refer to our website

about the job


Every day is different. Ask any of our officers why they like their job, and chances are, that’s the answer you’ll get. That’s because achieving safety and reducing crime in the community means facing a huge range of challenges, and dealing with issues that are constantly changing.

As a Police Officer, you’ll test your mental, emotional and physical capabilities. You’ll work closely with staff across the force, in a team built on trust and mutual respect. As a result, you’ll build a career that delivers both personal satisfaction, and the opportunity to make a real and visible difference within the community. 

eligibility criteria


We welcome applications from people of all different backgrounds, cultures, religions, ages, gender and sexual orientation. However, there are some eligibility conditions that all applicants will need to meet, so you need to check that you meet our requirements before submitting an application.

You need to be 18 or over to apply, and applicants should be British Citizens, or passport holders from a full EU Member State. You can also apply if you’re a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain. All applicants must have a minimum of three years UK residency.

If you have a criminal record, this doesn’t mean you’re automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your application form, failure to do so will result in failing vetting due to integrity issues.

Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and measurements of any tattoos along with your application. 

If you are struggling with debt, you may still be able to apply. You just need to supply us with evidence of your ability to manage your debts successfully. However, if you have any outstanding county court judgments or you are an un-discharged bankrupt, then you are automatically ineligible.


Minimum entry requirements

Candidates are NOT required to have a CKP for Gwent Police recruitment

Candidates must hold a full driving license prior to commencing with Gwent Police.

pay and benefits


When you join Gwent Police as a Police Officer, we’ll make a wide range of benefits available to you.



Candidates with relevant knowledge, experience and qualifications, such as a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) will commence on Pay point 1 - £22,896 however, those without may apply for the role, with a starting salary of Pay point 0 - £19,773.

*This is based on individuals working a full time role (40 hours per week)

 **Pay increments will be subject to satisfactory performance


Annual leave

Annual leave allowance starts at 22 days, and rises to 30 days, dependent on your length of service.


Bank holidays

Police allows leave for eight statutory public/bank holidays, pre-determined by the UK Government, as follows:

All police officers are entitled to take these holidays in addition to their annual leave entitlement, and will take the holidays on the designated day or if they are due to work the bank holiday, they will be able to take them on an alternative authorised nominated day.

Part-time employees have bank holidays on a pro rata basis.


Childcare voucher scheme

If you are using registered or approved childcare, you can choose to take part of your salary in Childcare Vouchers to pay for it which are tax and National Insurance (NI) free. This means you get extra value from your pay packet each month.


Gwent Police Federation

If you opt to join the Gwent Police Federation, you can choose to join a Life Insurance scheme with awards payable to your spouse or partner, and to any dependents.

In addition to accessing crucial illness and sickness cover, you can take out insurance at a preferential rate, to cover any legal expenses connected to your job, and to benefit from the best rehabilitation facilities.


Maternity Leave / Adoption Leave

We have a full occupational Maternity Leave policy available to all employee’s of Gwent Police. We also offer an Adoption Leave policy.

52 weeks maternity in total, 18 week full pay, 21 weeks Statutory Maternity Pay, 13 weeks no pay. *Subject to length of service


Pension Scheme

You’ll enjoy the advantages of a contributory pension scheme, which is a Career Average Revalued Earnings Scheme (CARE).



Gwent Police offer an Occupational Health and Welfare Unit to help maintain both your physical and psychosocial health while you are at work. The Service is totally confidential, and also includes a counselling service.

application process


Application form

To pass this stage, you’ll need to fill out a competency-based application form. If you pass the basic eligibility criteria already discussed, we’ll assess your answers to the competency-based questions. Try to answer the questions as carefully and as fully as you can. Please check your spelling and grammar too: applications with more than ten spelling and grammar mistakes will be rejected.


Assessment centre


If you pass the application form stage, the next step is to attend a national assessment centre (known as SEARCH). The session will consist of four interactive role-play exercises; two written exercises; a verbal ability test; a numerical ability test, and a competency-based interview. Together, these exercises will test your ability to think on your feet, making quick decisions based on sound judgement. We’ll also be able to assess your basic maths and literacy skills. The assessment centre lasts approximately five hours.

You will need to achieve an overall score of 50% in your assessment centre (this is the national pass mark). You will also need to meet the minimum standards in the competency areas of Working with Others, Oral Communication and Written Communication."


Pre-appointment checks

Further to your assessment centre you will be required to sit an in force assessment/interview process. If successful at this stage before appointment, you’ll be required to pass a fitness test, drugs test and a medical, as well as providing a three-year reference history and passing a thorough security vetting process. As part of the vetting process, candidates are required to give a DNA sample (mouth swab) and fingerprints, which will be checked against a national database.

These pre-appointment checks can sometimes take between three and six months. Please be aware that you must attend any appointments in your own time, including your uniform fitting appointment.


Successful appointment

Once you have completed all pre-employment checks, you’ll be allocated a place on the next available training course.

key dates


There are currently no events coming up.






We will ask that you attend a number of weekend sessions prior to your full training course to gain a level of knowledge, ready to become a Police Constable.

Please note, candidates will not be entitled to annual leave while in training however, a weeks annual leave maybe allocated to them by their trainer.

key questions


Can I apply if I have a tattoo?

On the whole, yes. Some tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous may result in the rejection of your application. If you are concerned, please email a picture of your tattoo to our recruitment team at for advice.

Do I need to have a driving licence at the point of application?

Not necessarily. If you are actively working towards achieving your licence, we would still welcome an application from you. However, you must pass your test prior to an offer letter being issued.

Will I live and work in the same area?

Not necessarily. You could be posted anywhere within the Force Area.

Where will the training take place?

The initial classroom based training will take place at Vantage Point House, Ty Coch Way, Cwmbran.

What length of probation will I have?

Two years. During this time you'll continue to receive some classroom-based training, and will be assessed in the workplace.

What are the hours like?

You'll be expected to work a rolling shift pattern this is currently a 6 on 4 off pattern, but subject to change. This includes mornings, afternoons and nights. Each shift is around nine to ten hours. It does take a while to get used to the hours, and it is important to maintain your personal fitness to help you adjust.

Will I have to work on my own?

Yes - once trained, you will patrol on your own on most shifts, and this is referred to as being ‘single crewed’. However, you will also be part of a wider team and will have regular support from your Sergeant and colleagues


Please send a copy of your official SEARCH feedback and a copy of your driving license report to:


Asset: 100889

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