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 and weekends
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.