4. Recruitment process/timetable

Below are some important dates setting out the time frames for this recruitment process:

  • Recruitment open: Monday, 11 November 2019 at 09:30
  • Recruitment close: Sunday, 22 December 2019 at 23:55
  • Application shortlisting: November/December 2019
  • Recruitment interview and presentation: To be confirmed 
  • Pre-employment checks: To be confirmed
  • Cohort start date: 9 March 2020

You must be available to complete all of the stages and commence on the 9 March 2020. If you are not available for any stages of the process for any reason, for example a pre-arranged holiday, we may not be able to process your application as alternative dates may not be available.

Stage 1 - Application form

You can complete the application form via the online e-recruitment portal between the following dates and times:

  • Open: Monday, 11 November 2019 at 09:30
  • Close: Sunday, 22 December 2019 at 23:55

If you have any tattoos, please ensure you enclose a photograph of them as per the application form guidelines.

Stage 2 - Shortlisting

Your application will be reviewed and if successful, you will be shortlisted to proceed onto the next stage.

Stage 3 – Interview & presentation

If successful at the shortlisting stage, you will be invited to deliver a 10 minute presentation which will also include a 10 minute Questions & Answers session and a force interview with our senior managers. You will be provided with further details nearer the time so you are able to prepare.

You will need to bring your original certificate of your GCSE Grade C/Level 4/5 in English Language or equivalent.

You will receive your results within 10 working days after your attendance.

Stage 4 – Pre-employment checks

If you are successful at the interview you will be notified via email to the email address you gave on your on-line application.

You will be appointed, subject to satisfactorily passing vetting checks, media checks, finance checks, references and a medical. Once you have successfully completed all pre-employment checks you will receive an offer of appointment and new starter pack.

Medical assessment

A medical assessment will generally be carried out by our Occupational Health Team. They will check the following:

  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • eye sight test
  • colour vision
  • lung function
  • hearing

You will be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire. Depending on your medical history, we may have to contact your GP/specialist for further information.

Once you have been declared medically fit we will progress your application to the next stage.

References

We send reference requests to your current employer and all previous employers in the last three years. If you haven't been employed for three years, we will ask for a character reference or an educational reference.

Vetting checks

The vetting process is entirely confidential and the outcomes (other than pass/fail) are not shared with anyone else in the organisation (including future line managers or fellow trainees) or anyone outside of the organisation (including family).

We will carry out security checks on you and your:

  • spouse/partner
  • father
  • stepfather/mother’s partner
  • mother
  • stepmother/father's partner
  • brothers/sisters (full/half/step)
  • children/children of your partner (only those aged 10 years and over)
  • any other adult living at your address

Financial check

Applicants will have their financial status checked. These checks are carried out because PCSOs have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption.

Applicants with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs) or who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application. At least three years will need to have passed since the date of discharge.

Applicants with cautions/convictions/reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted.

Biometric vetting

We will need to take fingerprints and DNA samples to carry out some final vetting checks against the national police database.

Reserve candidates

On occasions it may be necessary to process some candidates as reserve candidates. This means you would undergo pre-employment checks; however, we would not be able to guarantee you an offer at the end of the process. We would, of course let you know that you are a reserve candidate and would not commence any checks without your permission. It should be noted that we would not request a reference from your current employer, unless we were in a position to make you an offer at the end of the process. 

Training

Successful candidates will be required to attend a six week training course and must be available every day (Monday to Friday) during that period. Candidates who are unavailable for any day(s) of the training period cannot be appointed. Candidates should also be aware that the training is held at Police Headquarters, Enderby, Leicestershire, and they will be required to travel to that location daily during the training period.

A period of 6 weeks ‘in company’ training will follow, at your assigned station. Any pre-booked leave, including paternity, maternity and adoption leave after training and during the 6 week ‘in company’ period must be disclosed during the pre-employment stage.