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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.  


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 


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

Wednesday 22nd August 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.

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 is likely to be February/March 2019. Candidates interesting in becoming a Special Constable in A, D, P and N Divisions should submit their applications via the Police Scotland website to

We will be hosting a recruitment event in Caithness for anyone interesting in signing up as a constable or volunteering as a special constable.

Participants will be given details about the application process by officers from the Police Scotland recruitment team, who will be able to talk you through the various stages which anyone signing up to the service goes through.

After that attendees will get the opportunity to test themselves with a mock exam, followed by an input on interviews and how best to prepare for them. Finally there will be a question and answer session.

The four hour event will start at 10am on Saturday, October 27 and will be held at the Caithness Horizons Museum and Art Gallery in Thurso.

To secure a place on this unique event or for more information, please email - giving your name, address, date of birth and contact telephone number - or telephone 01224 306684."

North East Division (Aberdeen City/Shire and Moray) are actively recruiting Special Constables. The recruitment process is continuous and applications for the next intake should be submitted to the above email address.

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

Recruitment days for the Fitness, Standard Entrance Test and Interviews are detailed below(application forms should be sent to the email address above  

Tuesday 16 October - SPC Fitness & SET

Tuesday 6 November - SPC Fitness & SET 

Wednesday 21 November - SPC 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 10 October - Fitness and Standard Entrance Test 

Tuesday 30 October - Standard Entrance Test

Wednesday 14 November - 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.]

Please note: The Women Only Event on 24th November at Jackton is now fully booked, details below.

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