Day One Recruit Assessment Centre pilot

Between April 2018 and October 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 – October 2019
​Thames Valley Police
August 2019
​Surrey Police*
​August 2019
​Sussex Police*
​August 2019
​West Midlands PoliceTBC
​South Wales PoliceTBC


* these forces are operating Day One Recruit Assessment Centres in partnership with other forces. If you have applied to one of these forces please check with the force which assessment centre you will be taking.

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:

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.