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Stage 1 - Online sift

This includes personal details, realistic job preview, eligibility, behaviour styles questionnaire, and situational judgement test

The online sift requires you to:

Personal details

Register your personal details. This is a short page to confirm your name, contact details and national insurance number. You will be provided with log in details and will be able to monitor your online sift progress.

Realistic job preview

Complete a realistic job preview online. The realistic job preview requires you to answer ten important questions regarding the role of a Special Constable. This is in order for you to personally assess if you feel you are the right the person for the role.

Following this, you will be asked whether you would like to continue in the process. If you click 'no' to this option, this will withdraw you from the recruitment process.


You will be requested to complete a short eligibility page to confirm your age, nationality, occupation, convictions and financial details. Depending on your circumstances your application may need to be reviewed. If so, you will be contacted by the for further information.

If you are unsuccessful you will not be eligible to reapply until six months have expired, or as otherwise advised. During this process you will be guided by the .

Please review 'Eligibility Criteria for Special Constables' for further information.

Behaviour styles questionnaire

If eligible to apply you will be sent an automated invitation email for you to complete a behaviour styles questionnaire. The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. There will be a total of 72 statements for you to respond to. There will be four statements per page.

Example Question: 'I ensure that I do things to the highest standard'.

You will be required to choose one of the following options which best describes your behaviour at work:
• Completely Disagree
• Strongly Disagree
• Somewhat Disagree
• Neither Agree nor disagree
• Somewhat Agree
• Completely Agree

You will be provided with feedback via email. If successful, you will be emailed an invitation to request completion of the next stage of the online sift.

If you are unsuccessful you will be provided with feedback and will be eligible to re-apply in six months.

Situational judgement test

You are invited to complete the situational judgement test. The test will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The test will provide you with series of real life scenarios that could occur in the role of a Special Constable.

You are required to rate each of the statements provided. Each option should be rated for its effectiveness and not comparison with other options.

The options will be:
• Counterproductive
• Ineffective
• Slightly Effective
• Effective
•Very Effective

You will be provided with feedback via email. If successful, the Special Constabulary Recruitment Team will forward you a link via email to complete an electronic application form.

If you are unsuccessful you will be provided with feedback and will be eligible to re-apply in six months.