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ADCP application form help guide

This page has been created to help Accelerated Detective Constable Programme (ADCP) applicants.

Please note applications are closed at this time.

Competencies

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary application form consists of ten questions; the first four are competency based, and the last six are about your motivations and values.

The competencies covered in the application form are those that we look for in our police officers; you will need to provide a brief example that demonstrates that you have the necessary skill, aptitude or ability in that competency.

The first four questions have several sub-questions that request more information about the example that you use in you use. These questions are assessed by a qualified assessor who will assign a score.

 

1) Please describe a specific occasion when you have intervened to take control of a situation.

As a police officer you will be expected to deal with anything from a minor dispute to large-scale violent disorder.

  • You may have dealt with drunk patrons at a bar whilst working as a bar tender.
  • You may have dealt with a road rage incident.
  • You may have dealt with a dissatisfied customer.

Why was it necessary to intervene in the situation?

Consider:

  • Were you or others at risk?
  • Would damage have been caused?
  • Were you in a position of responsibility?
  • What may have happened if you had not intervened?

What did you do to take control of the situation?

Consider:

  • Using your authority
  • Using suitable communication
  • Splitting up those involved
  • Asking others to assist
  • Explaining

What did you consider when intervening in the situation?

Consider:

  • The safety of yourself and/or others
  • The best outcome
  • The worst outcome
  • The purpose of your intervention

What was particularly good or effective about how you intervened to take control of the situation?

Consider:

  • What people responded positively to
  • The way you communicated
  • Your suggested resolution
  • How you de-escalated the conflict

What difficulties did you experience and how did you overcome them?

Consider:

  • If people did not respond to your intervention
  • If there was a language barrier
  • External complications such as background noise or others getting involved
  • Other factors such as injury or the environment

 

2) Please describe a specific occasion when you have encouraged a person to view an issue more positively.

As a police officer you will be expected to work with others to solve problems.

  • You may have been involved in a neighbour dispute.
  • You may have been involved in a team project or exercise.
  • You may have had to impart bad news to someone.

Why was it necessary to encourage the person to view the issue more positively?

Consider:

  • Was the person being disruptive?
  • Were there long-term implications?
  • Was there a deadline?
  • The potential outcome had you not acted
  • Did the issue require a different approach?

What did you consider when encouraging the person to view the issue more positively?

Consider:

  • The reason for their negative outlook
  • Their previous experiences
  • Your relationship with the person
  • Whether your view was correct

What was particularly good or effective about how you encouraged the person to view the issue more positively?

Consider:

  • Your communication style
  • Your body language
  • Your ability to put someone at ease
  • Understanding their view

What difficulties did you experience and how did you overcome them?

Consider:

  • If the person did not respond to your intervention
  • If there was a language barrier
  • External complications such as others getting involved
  • Other factors such as injury or the environment

 

3) Please describe a specific occasion when you have considered a number of options before making a decision.

As a police officer you will be expected to make sound decisions.

  • You may have had to choose a university.
  • You may have had to make a medical decision.
  • You may have been offered a promotion or a new job.

Why was it necessary to consider a number of options before making a decision?

Consider:

  • The people affected by the decision
  • The potential outcome of each decision
  • The financial implications
  • The outcome had you not decided

What did you consider when identifying the options?

Consider:

  • The people affected by the decision
  • The potential outcome of each decision
  • What impact those options would have on others?
  • What options were not available, and why?

What was particularly good or effective about how you identified the options and made the decision?

Consider:

  • Did you think ‘outside the box’?
  • Were the options holistic?
  • Was the decision beneficial to you and/or others?
  • Did you consult with others?

What difficulties did you experience and how did you overcome them?

Consider:

  • Did others disagree with your choice?
  • Were others affected by your choice?
  • Did the available options change?
  • Did external factors affect our choice?

 

4) Please describe a specific occasion when you have had to manage your time effectively in order to complete a task.

As a police officer you will be expected to manage a workload alongside other duties and demands.

  • You may have had to consider someone else’s availability
  • You may have had to complete a time-sensitive project
  • You may have had multiple demands on your time

Why did you have to manage your time effectively in order to complete the task?

Consider:

  • Did you have multiple deadlines to meet?
  • Was the task time-sensitive?
  • What were the consequences of not meeting the deadline?

How did you manage your time effectively in order to complete the task?

Consider:

  • Did you break down larger tasks into smaller ones?
  • Did you delegate?
  • Did you assign time parameters to the task?
  • Did you utilise programmes or formulae?

What did you consider to make sure you completed the task?

Consider:

  • The quality of the final product or result
  • The reputation of you and or others
  • Whether the time parameters were realistic
  • Your existing skills and capabilities
  • External factors

What was particularly good or effective about how you managed your time?

Consider:

  • Did you delegate?
  • Did you utilise programmes or formulae?
  • Did you identify an effective strategy?
  • Did you use or establish best practice?

What difficulties did you experience and how did you overcome them?

Consider:

  • Resistance from others
  • Not understanding the task
  • Unrealistic time restraints
  • The impact on other tasks

 

5) Why do you want to become a police officer?

You have 50 words in which to answer this question.

  • Do you have family in the police service?
  • Do you want an exciting and dynamic job?
  • Do you want to help others?
  • Do you want a rewarding career with a variety of roles?

 

6) Why have you chosen Cambridgeshire Constabulary?

You have 35 words in which to answer this question.

  • Do you know Cambridgeshire well?
  • Have you researched our performance figures?
  • Was Cambridgeshire Constabulary recommended by a friend, colleague or family member?
  • Did our inclusive approach to diversity appeal to you?

 

7) What tasks do you expect to undertake as a Police Officer in Cambridgeshire Constabulary?

You have 70 words in which to answer this question.

  • Are you aware of the many varied tasks and roles that police officers carry out?
  • Are you aware of the dynamic and demanding nature of policing?
  • What else do police officers do other than patrol, take statements and arrest suspects?

 

8) What effect do you expect being a Police Officer with Cambridgeshire Constabulary will have on your social and domestic life?

You have 45 words in which to answer this question.

  • Are you aware of the unexpected nature of policing?
  • Will shift work affect your relationships?
  • Will you lose friends?
  • Will your hobbies suffer?

 

9) What preparation have you undertaken before making this application to ensure you know what to expect and that you are prepared for the role of Police Officer?

You have 35 words in which to answer this question.

  • Have you looked at the role profile?
  • Have you come out on a ride along with officers?
  • Have you spoken to a friend or family member in the police?
  • Have you attended any of our online recruitment events?

 

10) If you have previously applied to be a Police Officer, Special Constable or Police Community Support Officer, what have you done since your last application to better prepare yourself for the role of Police Officer?

You have 35 words in which to answer this question.

  • Have you looked at the national role profile?
  • Have you come out on a ride along with officers?

Have you attended any of our recruitment events?

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