Wanted: Islanders looking to join the Police

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Islanders interested in joining the Police have a rare chance to take part in a condensed three day selection event in Inverness this summer.

As part of Police Scotland’s ongoing recruitment campaign for Police Officers, the Highland and Islands Division will host the event on Tuesday 30 June - Thursday 2 July 2015 (both date inclusive) at the Divisional Headquarters in Inverness.

This event is a unique opportunity for applicants, primarily who live in the Highlands and Islands area, to undertake the main components of the selection process over just three days. This is the first time such an event has been run locally.

The format of the selection event will be:

Day one - candidates will sit the national Standard Entry Test (SET) and if successful will then undertake the national fitness assessment.

Day two – candidates who pass day one will attend for a competency-based interview.

Day three - candidates who pass day two will participate in the assessment centre with consists of three group exercises and a further competency based interview.

Thereafter candidates who pass the full three day selection event will be provided with an appointment for a medical examination and vetting checks will be undertaken. Subject to meeting the standard for all elements of the selection process candidates will be issued with a final offer of appointment.

Police Scotland has new recruit intakes every month. Upon appointment they complete twelve weeks initial training at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan near Stirling. Thereafter they are posted to a Local Policing Division where all new recruits must complete a two year probationary period before being confirmed in the rank of Constable.

Inspector Ewan Henderson said: “The role of a police officer is a challenging but hugely rewarding career. No two days are ever the same and you get a lot of job satisfaction of knowing that what you’re doing is helping to keep people safe. Policing is not just a varied and worthwhile career for you but a fantastic opportunity to help be a part of keeping your community safe.

“Here in the Highlands and Islands we are surrounded by some of the most picturesque and unique geography in the UK, however this does come with its own challenges, especially when looking at travel within the area.

“This three day event, located here at the Divisional HQ, offers a reduced set of travel arrangements, which is especially useful for those who reside locally but also helps those in outlying areas which have transport link services to the city.”

The starting salary is £23,727 rising to £26,484 after completing 31 weeks initial training. The salary then rises again to £28,023 on completion of two years service when officers are confirmed in rank.

Further information about the recruitment and selection process, including training and benefits, can be found at www.scotland.police.uk.

Candidates who wish further information regarding this planned three day event can email: PoliceRecruitmentAberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk