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Candidates who pass the application stage will be called to a two-day Police SEARCH® Recruit Assessment Centre at the training centre in Wethersfield, Essex. The assessment comprises a number of exercises, which simulate real life situations/problems; a job-related fitness assessment is also undertaken.

You may only apply to one Police Force at a time if those Forces require candidates to undertake the SEARCH®. If you have previously applied to any force in England and Wales that uses SEARCH® and have been unsuccessful at any stage up to and including the Assessment Centre, then you must wait 6 months before you can apply from the date you were unsuccessful.

You can find out more about what the Assessment Centre stage of the process entails on the College of Policing website.

If you are successful at the assessment centre you will then need to undergo a medical examination to confirm your suitability for the role.

Our selection processes involve obtaining references and security checks, based on the forms you fill in when you first apply.

Once all relevant documents have been cleared and processed, you will be considered for employment as a constable with the MDP.

Transferring SEARCH® Results

Applicants who have previously scored more than 50% and achieved a full pass at SEARCH® can transfer their scores (only if achieved in the last 12 months) regardless of whether they were sifted out at a later stage of the process. Applicants should still complete the MDP application form (excluding the Competency Based Questions) and send it in together with a copy of the results evidencing their pass.

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