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Recruitment for Student Constables

 A Career with the Isle of Man Constabulary

Introduction

The Isle of Man Constabulary offers a rewarding career which is challenging and demanding.  Police work is unique, providing a variety of experiences you are unlikely to find elsewhere.

When officers go out on patrol they never know what incidents they may be called to resolve and they deal with people from all walks of life in many different situations.  All of which require a range of personal skills such as patience, courage, flexibility, understanding and the ability to think and act quickly. 

We require men and women who are prepared to work hard serving the local community and keeping people safe.  

We are opening our recruitment for new officers on Thursday 14th February 2019 and are holding the first of two presentation evenings on that date too at 6.30pm at the Isle of Man Ambulance Headquarters, Cronk Coar, Noble's Hospital, Braddan, IM4 4RJ (rear of Noble's, off Ballaoates Road and follow the signs for Cronk Coar).  the second presentation evening is also at 6.30pm, same venue but on Thursday 21st February 2019.

Entry Requirements

Please see the essential criteria in the Application Pack.

Recruitment Process

The Isle of Man Constabulary use a five part assessment procedure to assess the suitability of the individual as a police officer. The assessment is focused on the Constabulary’s 6 Core values, which are: Caring, Professionalism, Challenge, Service, Respect, Responsibility and an understanding of the Isle of Man community.

Part 1:  All candidates must submit an application form with the Health Screening Questionnaire.  This will be held on file until notification is made for Part 2. 

Part 2:  Candidates must pass the Police Initial Fitness Assessment.

Part 3:  Successful candidates will be asked to supply their original certificates prior to attendance at a one day assessment centre which is held at an outdoor pursuits centre.  This will involve taking part in a number of tests and scenarios, all related to police work, during which the final assessment is made.  Whilst fitness is not tested at this assessment centre, the day can be physically challenging.

Part 4:  Successful candidates from part 3 must attend and pass a full medical examination conducted by the Constabulary’s Medical Examiner.

Training

As a new recruit or ‘Student Officer’, you will be given the training necessary to equip you for the job.  All police officers attend an Initial Training Course and serve a probationary period of two years.  The current training programme is as follows:

Stage 1:  15 weeks of initial training, held in Port Erin at the People Development Centre.

Stage 2:  15 weeks of supervised patrol with a tutor constable attached to the Central Neighbourhood Policing Team.  During this period officers are assessed for suitability for independent patrol.

Stage 3:  Independent patrol with continuous assessment by the officer’s supervisors.

Stage 4:  A further 18 days locally based training during the remainder of the two year probationary period which is spent operationally in a Neighbourhood Policing Team in the Isle of Man.

The Work

Police constables may spend much of their time outdoors in all weathers, either on foot or in a vehicle. The work of a constable has been described as ‘upholding the law fairly and firmly, protecting, helping and reassuring the community, preventing and detecting crime, and coping with society’s emergencies’.   Community policing is at the heart of what we do.  However there will be occasions when the work is unpleasant, difficult, demanding and occasionally dangerous.

After training, all entrants begin work as uniformed constables. The largest proportion of constables are involved in work in a Neighbourhood Policing Team and cover a 24/7 shift pattern.  They are the first point of contact between the police and public and act as a visible deterrent to the criminal.

Their work is extremely varied and includes dealing with matters such as road traffic collisions, disturbances, public order incidents, handling complaints, apprehending and interviewing suspects, investigating crime, obtaining statements from witnesses, checking the security of premises and answering questions from the public.  They also deal with large public events like sports meetings and shows. 

Prospects

There are no means of direct entry into the specialist departments of the Isle of Man Constabulary. All recruits start as uniformed constables. After successfully completing the initial two year probationary period, constables may apply to join departments such as Economic Crime, Roads Policing, Criminal Investigations, Dog Section, or Staff Development.

Promotion opportunities exist for all police officers, providing they have the necessary skills and abilities.  After the probationary period, officers can work towards taking their promotion examination to sergeant.

A graduate entry scheme for accelerated promotion is not operated by the Isle of Man Constabulary. 

Pay and Conditions

Constables will begin on £23,586 during initial training, and then move to £24,654 after one year.  Further increments usually follow on an annual basis.  Top of the pay scale for Constables is currently £39,150 (as at 1st September 2018).

Pension: Under the current optional police pension scheme, the earliest date that a pension can be paid is 55.  However 35 years’ service is required for a maximum pension which is an annual payment of half of final pay, plus a lump sum.   The final pension can take account of pay in the period up to 10 years prior to retirement, if this would give a bigger pension.   Each year of pensionable service gives entitlement to a pension of 1/70th of final pay, up to a limit of 35/70th.   Pension payments are deductible at source. 

Too Young to Join the Police Service?

You can improve your interest in the Police by reading about police work and finding out as much as you can about policing.  There may be an opportunity in the future to join the Constabulary’s Youth Scheme.

Community service, of any kind, is valuable for anyone who wants to be a police officer.  If you are given the opportunity to take part in activities such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme - take it.

Finally, it is important to keep yourself fit.  Do not lose active interest in sport when you leave school.  Other disciplines to keep you in the condition required to join the Police include running, cycling, swimming and resistance work. 

If you decide to apply, take the time to consider the above information and present your application and details in the manner specified.

Further Information and careers advice is available from either Sergeant Paul Kemp on 631540 or Jane McCann on 631547.

If your initial application is successful then please make a note of the following dates when you will be required to attend the various sessions:

Physical assessments will be held on Wednesday 13th March 2019 starting at 9am with further sessions taking place at hourly intervals thereafter.

Classroom sessions will be held on Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March 2019.

Medicals will take on Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd or Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

Offer letters will be sent out by Friday 5th April 2019 with employment commencing on Monday 13th May 2019.