Starting a career in the police can be one of the best things you’ll ever do. You’ll be able to make a real difference in your community, reducing crimes and making people safer. But being a police officer isn’t for everyone – it’s one of the most challenging careers you can choose, being physically, mentally and emotionally demanding.
You should consider whether you can:
- Deal with the complex and sensitive cases, requiring clear reasoning and evidence gathering
- Think on your feet – problem solving and responding to new challenges
- Develop new skills as data and technology become ever more important to policing
- Work well with colleagues as part of an effective team
- Have great people skills, remaining calm and patient with members of the public, particularly in stressful or volatile situations
- Handle traumatic situations and be able to communicate information sensitively
- Be decisive and use your police powers appropriately
- Give clear and accurate evidence in court
- Work shifts, nights and weekends (including public holidays)
- Be flexible about where you work - you might not work in your preferred location
You’ll receive training and support throughout your career to help you manage the demands of policing, but it’s important to be sure that becoming a police officer is right for you.