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How competitive is PCDA?

Does anyone know roughly how competitive the PCDA (Police Constable Degree Apprentiship)? I know it must vary across areas but vaguely how hard is it to get accepted?

I know there is a shortage of police officers but at the same time I feel like a lot of people will apply to this...

If anyone could shed light on this I would be grateful, thanks.
Reply 1
The shortage of officers is so critical that you should just be in. Obviously, larger forces will have larger intakes.

This doesn't necessarily mean the process will be any quicker, though.
Reply 2
Original post by Trinculo
The shortage of officers is so critical that you should just be in. Obviously, larger forces will have larger intakes.

This doesn't necessarily mean the process will be any quicker, though.

Oh ok thank you, I thought it would be quite competitive as there are quite a lot of interviews you have to go through... maybe this is more for vetting purposes.
Reply 3
Original post by 200emabro
Oh ok thank you, I thought it would be quite competitive as there are quite a lot of interviews you have to go through... maybe this is more for vetting purposes.

I'm in the Met, not in Essex police, but on the whole, I don't think police recruitment is like that. Everything is competency based so usually there is little or no examination as to your motivations or direct experience.
Reply 4
Original post by Trinculo
I'm in the Met, not in Essex police, but on the whole, I don't think police recruitment is like that. Everything is competency based so usually there is little or no examination as to your motivations or direct experience.

ok thank you

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