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Police Officer


Job Description

Police Officers are responsible for maintaining law and order on a local and national level. They will help protect members of the public and their property, investigate crimes and offences, search for missing people, respond to emergency calls, make arrests, attend to accidents and fires, interview witnesses and suspects.  They also visit schools, colleges and community groups to give talks on crime prevention.

Entry Requirements

Your local police force will have its own recruitment rules, although basic guidelines are the same.

You'll need to:

  • British or Commonwealth citizen, a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, or a foreign national with the right to stay and work in the UK for an indefinite period
  • 18 years or over
  • Pass background and security checks (and give details of any previous convictions)

Successful applicants will move to the next stage which involves attending an assessment centre:

  • You'll have an interview
  • You'll take written tests
  • You'll take a physical fitness test
  • You'll take a medical and eyesight test

You could apply for the Police Now Graduate Leadership Development Programme if you've got a degree.

If you have management experience then you could apply for direct entry as an inspector or superintendent.

Required Skills

You'll require:

  • the ability to communicate clearly and confidently (in sometimes dangerous situations)
  • excellent team working abilities
  • tact, diplomacy and respect
  • to be able to remain calm in challenging situations
  • a good level of fitness
  • a firm but tactful approach
  • the ability to react quickly in unexpected situations
  • to be able to give and receive instructions
  • courage and initiative

Starting Salary

£20,000 to £60,000

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