Ygnharad

SWP Biometric and DNA testing

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Hey folks!

Firstly, cheers to the staff for letting be a part of the forum!

I've always been interested in joining the police force, so back in January when I noticed South Wales Police recruiting for PCSO's I jumped at the chance.

I've passed all the recruitment process, vetting, fitness and health, been at every appointment well before time and retained a good manner for communication with the HR recruitment process.

I was expecting to receive the email last Friday, with 1 month until the proposed training date. Being the sceptic I am, I tried not to build my hopes up, despite being offered a conditional offer.

Recently the SWP recruitment site had some errors, so this prompted me to telephone the HR dept. Who assure X me that the condition offer will be with me (hopefully) before Friday. Here's where things go down hill..

I received a telephone call at 5 minutes to 5 on Wednesday, stating that unfortunately the sub contracted company who carries out the DNA testing has failed to come back with a fair few results for some candidates and unfortunately I wouldn't be taken in during this intake, however I will be short listed for an "anticipated intake in March 2017". Knowing I've never touched any substances, this left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth, however I remained a good manner in the telephone to see if there's absolutely anything else that can be done, even if it meant me taking another drugs test the following day or if the drug tests came back later, would it not be possible for me to still be brought in as I only have to give my employer 2 weeks notice. Unfortunately, this is against protocol and I'm now being given absolutely zero information about the anticipated March intake.

Top marks for the HR dept. However, they have been amazing during the entire process, being helpful and having a great answer on all occasions. This left me with a few answers so I've been speaking to 1 or 2 friends working with SWP who quite simply responded by "never heard of that happens, sounds fishy/odd/wrong", so I thought you guys may have heard of something similar happening?

Many thanks,

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Hi Ygnharad,

 

I had a similar situation when I applied for the Specials in a different constabulary. I was supposed to start my specials training at the beginning July, which takes place every other weekend for about 15 weeks I believe.

 

It got to the Friday beforehand and I was confused as to why I hadn't received any induction information. Upon ringing the HR department I was told that the hair strand results were not returned to the Occ health department on time and I could not start my course.

 

I am, fortunately, awaiting confirmation of an intake into the regular police to start in February 2017 so didn't need to reapply - the HR department were really apologetic but at the end of the day, it wasn't their fault!

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Hi Ygnharad,

I had a similar situation when I applied for the Specials in a different constabulary. I was supposed to start my specials training at the beginning July, which takes place every other weekend for about 15 weeks I believe.

It got to the Friday beforehand and I was confused as to why I hadn't received any induction information. Upon ringing the HR department I was told that the hair strand results were not returned to the Occ health department on time and I could not start my course.

I am, fortunately, awaiting confirmation of an intake into the regular police to start in February 2017 so didn't need to reapply - the HR department were really apologetic but at the end of the day, it wasn't their fault!

Hey! Thanks for the reply!

It's good to know I'm not alone in this boat as most of the people I've spoken to up to now have said they have never heard of this happening.

I suppose I'll wait until March and see what happens!

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