Training and progression

Being a police officer is both rewarding and challenging - you’ll sometimes need to operate outside of your comfort zone and handle difficult or complex situations.

The training you'll receive

To enable you to do your job safely and effectively, you’ll receive world-class training (both classroom-based and on the job) and mentoring, which will see you develop the skills and knowledge you need to be able to:

  • Apply investigative skills and intelligence to solving crimes
  • Deal with safety issues within the community
  • Ensure public order and safety while supporting major police operations
  • Develop an understanding of new technologies
  • Deliver national policing objectives at a community level

Career progression

Once you’ve successfully completed your probation, you have the opportunity to progress up through the following ranks:

  • Police constable
  • Sergeant
  • Inspector
  • Chief inspector
  • Superintendent
  • Chief superintendent
  • Assistant chief constable
  • Deputy chief constable
  • Chief constable

You’ll also be able to apply for specialist units, like CID, firearms, child protection, cyber crime and dog handling. 

Discover how Tanya has progressed in her career - watch the film.

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Female detective in uniform working on a computer sat at a desk

Female detective talks directly to camera

As a detective you deal with more serious offences, so things like rape, murder, serious violence. Whereas on response you probably deal with lower level crimes.

So I’ve got a mentor that kind of assists through my career. I’ve got a coach that works me, so if there’s anything that I want to work on in my career, you know, anything around my personality style or my leadership style, I’ve got a coach that can help me with that to develop me into a better leader.

So I think as an organisation it’s really good that I’ve got people around me, peers that want everyone to do well and motivate you, it’s a great environment to work in. It’s definitely a supportive environment.

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Who can join?

There are various ways to join the police, depending on your work, life and educational experience. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and experiences and you don’t  need a degree to apply.