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Police Entrance Exam

– in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2011.

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Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

6. To ask the Scottish Government how many applicants have failed the police force entrance exam in the past five years. (S4O-00534)

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

The recruitment of police officers is an operational matter for chief constables.

Photo of Richard Lyle Richard Lyle Scottish National Party

I thank the cabinet secretary for his answer. What steps can be taken to equip applicants to achieve their goal of joining the Scottish police force?

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

I am grateful to the member for raising the issue. I can confirm that the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland is reviewing the standard entrance test and considering a number of ways of ensuring that it correctly assesses potential police officers’ ability to cope with the demands of probationary training. ACPOS is considering the accreditation of prior learning, including academic qualifications from outside Scotland, but it is also taking an holistic approach, looking at the use of assessment centres and situational judgment tests to allow applicants who do not have academic qualifications to join the service.