Whatever entry route you go through, there are a number of stages involved in the application process, so it’s good to be prepared and find out what’s involved.
Many police forces also offer positive action initiatives (such as online engagement sessions or mentoring) to specifically support people from under-represented groups to apply. So it's worth checking out your chosen force’s website to see what positive action initiatives they’re running before you apply.
Due to COVID-19, face-to-face assessment centres are currently suspended and have been replaced with online assessment exercises, so you'll need internet access with a strong connection and a quiet space so you can concentrate.
The exact application process varies slightly between forces so do check on your chosen force’s website but you'll typically go through the following steps: