Day One Recruit Assessment Centre pilot

Between April 2018 and April 2019, some forces across England and Wales will be piloting a new assessment centre format, called Day One Recruit Assessment Centre.

ForceOperating Day One Recruit
Assessment Centres from
​Metropolitan Police Service​April 2018 – April 2019
​Thames Valley Police​June 2018 – April 2019
​West Yorkshire Police​July 2018 – April 2019
​West Midlands Police​September 2018 – April 2019
​South Wales Police​September 2018 – April 2019


The pilot has been developed by the Metropolitan Police Service, with funding from the Police Transformation Fund. Day One will take a different format to Police SEARCH®, but has been developed with support from the College, to ensure assessment standards remain consistent.

If the force you are applying to is taking part in the pilot, you will receive more information from them, on what to expect on the day, approximately 2 weeks in advance of your assessment centre date. You can also read the Information for Candidates - Day One Recruit Assessment Centre pilot.

Please note: The College is not responsible for the running of Day One recruit assessment centres during the pilot. Any queries should be directed to the force you are applying to.