Condensed police recruitment event - Inverness

Published 01 December 2017

As part of Police Scotland’s ongoing recruitment campaign for Police Officers, the Highland and Islands Division will host a condensed three day recruitment and selection event from Monday 29 - Wednesday 31 January 2018 (all dates inclusive) at the Divisional Headquarters in Inverness.

This is the third time such an event has been run locally.  It 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. Candidates who reside outwith the Division but are in a position to select Highlands and Islands Division as a first choice may also be considered.

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 quarterly intakes. Upon appointment they complete eleven 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 Irene Coyle 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.

"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 in inverness, offers a reduced set of travel arrangements for candidates, which is especially useful for those who reside locally but also helps those in outlying areas which have transport link services to the city."

Previous attendees have commented:

"I felt it was easier having it all condensed as you didn't have much time to worry about things. Also felt it was easier as I currently have a full time job, so it was easier to request continuous days off rather than trying to get days off spaced out, perhaps causing inconvenience to my current manager too."

"I felt there was a good atmosphere by having it condensed and it was nice to get to know the other people there."

"There was a good team element to the process. I feel it was beneficial that I had spoken to most of the other candidates before the team activities and we didn't have to introduce ourselves at the start of the day."

For further information regarding this planned three day event please e mail

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A DROP IN EVENT. To be eligible to attend this event candidates MUST submit an application form to join Police Scotland by Friday 5 January 2018. The relevant forms can be found on the following webpage:

Further information about the recruitment and selection process, including training and benefits, can be found on the Police Scotland website.

The starting salary for a police officer is £24,447 rising to £27,285 after completing 31 weeks initial training. The salary then rises again to £28,869 on completion of two years service when officers are confirmed in rank.

Contact Details

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