Kent Police provide a wide range of supportive tools to help all candidates in their preparation for the Police Officer recruitment process.

This help ranges from outreach and workshops, for each stage of the process. 

The Kent Police Positive Action Team are here to assist any candidate who wishes to discuss in confidence any particular need or concern they may have in relation to the recruitment and selection process. Particularly where this is as a result of a protected characteristic/s where you feel you may have a particular need or disadvantage to overcome.

For example a candidate with dyslexia may feel concerned about the written aspects of the assessment process.

The Positive Action Team will be able to offer you practical advice around the use of reasonable adjustments and put in place a range of bespoke activities to support your recruitment journey. Please see our reasonable adjustments section below for more information.

These support activities are outlined below and are available to all candidates:- 

This scheme offers you a ‘buddy’ to support you through your recruitment journey.  The ‘buddy’ will:

  • Assist you in navigating the various elements of the police recruitment process. 
  • Make contact with you as soon as practicable.
  • Offer you a familiarisation experience, inviting you into a police station setting, so you can see how we work in our environment.
  • Agree on the frequency of contact between yourselves, dependant on the level of support you require
  • Provide a mock senior interview with you, to help you understand our process.

Our buddies are available to support all candidates who are seeking some additional support.

If you would like to be allocated a buddy then please email

This is offered by the positive action team and provides some personal support/guidance during the recruitment/selection process to alleviate any reservations or concerns candidates may have. 

This can be offered in various forms, either in person, on the phone or any other appropriate means that would support candidate.

If you would like to have someone to one support the please email

If you’re looking to join Kent Police but need help with your application, then register for our recruitment selection workshops

Our workshops will offer you the chance to find out more about the recruitment and selection process for your preferred career. The recruitment team will go through the process step by step, from starting an application to joining Kent Police.

Please note, at this moment in time due to the current Covid-19 situation our recruitment workshops are now being offered as WebEx online workshops. Our priority is to make sure you are informed, safe and supported while also following the latest government guidelines.

The current available workshops can be found on this link where you will also be able to register to attend.

If you would like to speak to a member of the positive action team please email

Being a police constable isn’t for everyone. You need to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements set out on this page.

It is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding but it is also very rewarding. Because of this you need to ensure that you are right for this role. This tool helps you to explore your suitability for the role of police constable and to make a reasonably informed decision about whether to submit an application for the role of a police constable.

Please note the pre-application serves as a guide rather than a definitive statement about your suitability and is not compulsory. You can take part now.

College of Policing’s (CoP) Online Assessment Process

SEARCH Assessment has now been replaced with the College of Policing online assessment process. To prepare for the College of Policing’s (CoP) Online Assessment Process please take a look at the following:

Reasonable Adjustments

If you have any condition that might cause you to be disadvantaged during the online assessment process, temporary or otherwise (e.g. pregnancy, injury, disability including dyslexia, etc.), you may be entitled to accommodation or reasonable adjustment.

Any accommodation or reasonable adjustment provided for the online assessment process will be based on the supporting information provided to us in a relevant report, produced by an appropriately qualified professional. Reasonable adjustments may include additional time in the exercises or other adjustments as recommended by a specialist.

If you believe you may have a condition that could disadvantage you, please contact the force you are applying to directly here. They will be able to assist you with your application for accommodation or reasonable adjustment. For further information, please consult our policy on accommodations and reasonable adjustments for candidates attending the online assessment process.