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Candidate Briefing Sessions

Police Scotland Recruitment are hosting candidate briefing sessions for those who are currently eligible and interested in pursuing a career as a Police Officer and for those who want to find out more about volunteering to become one of our Special Constables. If you are thinking of applying, then these are must not miss sessions.

Here are some of the comments received from people who have attended one of our briefing sessions:

The event gave me confidence to know what information is appropriate for my application form.

The people running the event made me feel more confident about applying.

Enjoyable session, extremely informative but light hearted at the same time.

Informative, welcoming, professional and reassuring event.

Very helpful, glad I attended before I submitted my application.  


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Have you thought about applying for the role of Police Constable or Special Constable? Would you like to find out more about the roles, how to apply and also receive some helpful hints and tips to assist you throughout the selection process? If so we would be delighted if you would like to attend one of our candidate briefing sessions as below. 

To secure your place, please email your name, contact telephone number, address and email address to 

Police Scotland Central Recruitment Team are hosting a candidate briefing session for anyone wishing to apply for the role of Police Constable or Special Constable.

Would you like to find out more about the role and receive some helpful hints and guidance to assist you throughout the selection process? If so we would be delighted if you could attend. Subjects covered will include the Application Form, Multi Stage Fitness Test, Standard Entrance Test, Initial Interview and Assessment Centre/Final Interview. You will also have the opportunity to speak to one of our team in person.

On the day all attendees MUST bring photographic identification, i.e. passport/driving license.A notebook and pen to take notes would be beneficial.

Please avoid bringing any bags as these may be subject to a search.

Date: Thursday 19 July 2018.
Time: Arrival 1800-1815 hours. Event likely to conclude about 2030 hours.
Venue: Police Scotland 5 Fettes Avenue Edinburgh EH4 1RB.

Please note there are limited parking facilities at this venue.

To secure your place, please reply to the following email no later than Friday 13 July 2018.

You must provide your name, date of birth, address and contact telephone number. If you are being accompanied by anyone you must also supply their details

Please note that this event is now fully prescribed.


Candidate Briefing Sessions

  • Wednesday 13th June 1700 - 1900 - Nelson Street Police Office, Mounthooly Way, Aberdeen, AB24 5EQ.  Please arrive at 1645 hours and note there is no parking available at this police station.

Interview Skills Workshop


These events are open to unsuccessful candidates and those attending the Stage 2 Interview for the first time. Candidates are advised to book place once they have successfully passed the Standard Entrance Tests.

To book a place on either event, please send an email to:

You must also provide your name, date of birth, address and contact telephone number and indicate if you are re-applying or a new applicant.

On the day, attendees must bring photographic identification, i.e. passport/driving licence. Please avoid bringing any bags, as these may be subject to a search.

Special Constable Recruitment

A Special Constable is a part-time, volunteer officer who has the same powers as a police officer. They work alongside regular officers, patrol the street, police public events including football matches and demonstrations to prevent crime and interact with all sections of the community. You can find out more in the Special Constables section.

The next intake commences on 25 August 2018 (see Training pages for specific dates) Candidates interesting in becoming a Special Constable should submit their applications as soon as possible via the Police Scotland website/recruitment. 

North East Division (Aberdeen City/Shire and Moray) are actively recruiting Special Constables. There are two further intakes this year in June and August.  

The recruitment process is continuous and applications for the above intake should be submitted as soon as possible.

D Division (Dundee, Perth & Kinross) are actively recruiting Special Constables. 

A recruitment day for the Standard Entrance Test and Fitness will be arranged in the near future and candidates should submit their application forms to the email address below: 

Monday 9th July - Fitness and Standard Endurance Test

Tuesday 17th July - Interviews     

N Division(Highland & Islands) are actively recruiting Special Constables. 

All suitable applicants will be invited to the first stage of the recruitment process held at Divisional Headquarters, Old Perth Road, Inverness.  

Wednesday 20 June - Fitness Test & Standard Entrance Test 

Wednesday 27 June - Interviews  

Alternative arrangements will be made for candidates from the islands. 
Further information regarding the role of a Special Constable or queries regarding the recruitment days/training can be obtained from PC Lynn Steele, Recruitment Constable, TN 01224 306667 or by email

Our Positive Action Team

Have you ever considering joining the Police as a Constable or as a volunteer Special Constable? What’s stopped you from applying?
We run Police Scotland Positive Action Days where you can learn first hand the full recruitment process. We aim to dispel any rumours or misconceptions and alleviate any concerns you may have about becoming a Police Officer or volunteer Special Constable.

Police Scotland's Positive Action Team are based at Jackton and provide support to people across Scotland from under represented groups who are considering a career in policing.  The team work in particular with people from ethnic minority communities and are keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a police officer.  

To speak to the team contact or call us on 01355 566683. 

[The above contact details are not monitored outwith office hours, to report a crime call 101 and in an emergency call 999.]

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