One of the most important aspects of any assessment process is that the tasks and exercises that candidates are asked to complete realistically reflect the challenges that candidates will face in the role should they be selected. Furthermore, by ensuring that the abilities and behaviours that successful candidates are expected to demonstrate come from those who are already effectively performing the role; candidates can know what is expected and the organisation(s) benefit from identifying individuals who can perform effectively in the job.
These are core principles which underpin the design of the exercises that the College of Policing produce to support national leadership assessment products such as Senior PNAC and the Senior Police Staff Assessment Process. This year will also see the introduction of selection processes to support the flexible entry routes into the Police Service (Fast-Track Constable to Inspector and Direct Entry Superintendent) which bring a range of new opportunities and challenges to overcome.
Whilst the specific delivery dates for these products have not yet been finalised, it is important that the initial design work gets underway to meet the high standard expected of these products. To achieve this, the team of experienced exercise designers at the College work closely with members of the Police Service at the appropriate levels to generate scenarios, ensure the realism of exercise content, and test that the exercises work as intended at the right level.
The College would therefore like to invite you to join a panel of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who will be involved in supporting the design of the exercises for the national leadership assessment products over the coming year. The role involves making some time available to meet periodically with a member of staff, initially to discuss potential exercise scenarios. You may also be asked to review and provide comments on draft exercises, or to attend a pilot event where you would be asked to test out the completed exercises (you would not have to commit to all parts of the design process).
The College would welcome interest from people who have been involved previously as well as people who may be getting involved in supporting the design of assessment exercises for the first time. In addition, the College would encourage support from officers and staff from all forces across the UK, and from any policing background or specialism, to make sure that the exercises are fair and applicable to all.
The link below will take you to a brief online survey which has been designed to capture your interest and availability for different events. Once the College has collated availability it will then contact you to confirm your attendance and provide you with more information.
If you would like to discuss your availability further, then please contact Richard Duggleby on 01423 876573.
If you would like to discuss any of the above further relating to your involvement as a panel member then please don’t hesitate to contact Tom Garland on 01423 876590.