Interview Process

Bullying – Zero-Tolerance Policy

This community takes bullying and the act of bullying very seriously. Remember, there is always a fine line between having ‘banter’ with someone and bullying. Always make sure you know where the line is. The community, members and management are expected to have a zero-tolerance policy on bullying and therefore anyone who breaks this expectation will be removed dealt with accordingly. Further action may be taken by the CMG Community Managers at their discretion.

Application

Applicants interested in joining the Metropolitan Police Department should direct themselves to https://cmgforums.com/forums/index.php?/forms/6-police-application-form/ where they have the ability to create an application. The application should include no falsity, and be up to a reasonable standard.

This will then be reviewed by our recruitment team who will make sure your answers are up to our usual standards, once accepted you'll be invited to join our Discord and Teamspeak in order to set up an interview.

If your application has been denied, you will be informed.

Interview

You've made it past the first stage, the next step is to interview you. Don't panic at this stage, this is for us to know a little bit more about you, and test you on some scenario based questions along with any knowledge you've gained from being a part of the CMG community and from reading our handbooks! (If you haven't read the Officer Handbook yet, now's a good time!)

After your interview is complete, we'll calculate your score on our system; this helps us understand any knowledge gaps. You'll be expected to reach a set score, this will be explained to you by your interviewer. You may be asked to leave or be moved out after your interview, this is purely to give the interviewer enough time to decipher whether or not there are some potential points lost/scored as well as review your behaviour and personality within the interview.

Note: If you do not pass your interview the first time, you will be asked to return in a minimum of 2 hours to resit your interview. If you're unable to pass this time you'll be asked to return the following day.

Basic Training

Congratulations! Now the hard work starts.

You've made it to the training stage, this is where an officer will invite you on a training session; here you'll cover a lot of the subjects that are covered across the handbook, along with throwing you into some role play scenarios; again this helps us judge where you current strengths and weaknesses are - we can focus on these later.

To start your training, make sure you're active on Discord and TeamSpeak and request a training if you're not seen to - make sure you're in the channel named 'Waiting for Training'.

Once your training session is over, and your FTO has confirmed you're ready, your ready for the ride along stages.

Ride Along's/Tests

This may seem daunting, or boring to begin with, however this is to ease you into the officer life. CMG is full of surprises, therefore we need to make you're ready to face the public on your own.

Before beginning your ride along, you will be tested on knowledge of the basic training (FTC). This will take 15-30 minutes. If you pass this test, you will be clear to begin your ridealongs.

You'll be put with an appropriate officer, (usually a Field Training Officer (FTO)) you'll be with the officer for around 2 hours attending different calls, this is to observe only however you may feel it appropriate to interact with the situations; you must always remember to listen to the instructions provided to you. These calls will be a large variety of difference to ensure you know how to deal with as many situations as possible, over this session you should find this extremely useful.

When your FTO or equivalent thinks you're ready, they'll ask you to start interacting with situations. There is no set time around this, this will be down to the officer to decide when they think you're ready after you've completed at least 2 hours of observational ride along's; of course they'll be by your side should you need any help or advice. This practical ride along should be over the course of at least 2 hours, this is to ensure you're ready for the streets on your own. You'll be asked to patrol with your officer and to look out for any crimes that you see, you'll be challenged to pull over vehicles along the way and to carry out all the required checks. You'll also be observed going through the arresting, lawyer and jailing stages.

Once you've completed at least 4 hours in total across both styles of ride along's you'll be put with an Inspector or above. The Inspector will ride along with you over the course of at least a 1 hour period, during this time you'll be expected to show what you've learnt over all your training. You may be asked spot questions around scenarios and how you would act and deal with them. Make sure you recall how you've dealt with those situations within CMG so far. You shouldn't see this stage as a test with a pass or fail, this stage is to ensure that you're ready to throw away your PCSO tags and replace them with the PC ones! If there's an area of which you're not quite up to speed, it may be recommended that you have a little more time with another officer.

After your ridealongs are fully completed, you will have to go through 2 more tests. The FTT and The Refresher. The FTT will take around 30-45 minutes and gives you several scenarios to assess your roleplay, communication, use of force and police procedures. Once completed, if you reach the required mark you will have to complete your refresher.

The refresher is a small test, with similar questions to the FTC. This is primarily to test whether you have remembered everything you have been taught during your basic training. Once the refresher is completed, if you have passed you will have achieved the rank of PC. Congratulations!

Remember: As, as a PCSO you can't respond to any situations on your own, you must be with your ride-along partner (unless authorised by an Inspector+ to travel to a situation.