The Selection Process and Essential Reading

Being a police officer is both a challenging and rewarding role. Our selection process is designed to identify people who demonstrate that they have the potential to become fully effective in the role - simply, to be the best officers they are capable of being. 

Becoming a Police Officer with Police Scotland is not a short or easy process, and each step demands dedication and commitment. In general, the selection process is broken up into the following five stages, each of which is designed to test various aspects of your intelligence, character and physical suitability for the role. You can download the attached "Selection Process" document to read more details about each step of your journey.

  • Application Form
  • Standard Entrance Test
  • Initial Interview
  • Assessment Centre Day
  • Final Stages

There is a lot of information you should be aware of when considering a role as a Police Officer, and on this page, you can download and read about the benefits, information about basic training, some of the most Frequently Asked Questions, and a wealth of other information. You may also wish to read the Code of Ethics for Policing in Scotland.

To take the next step and download the various forms you will need to apply, click here.

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