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
While each force manages its own training programme, you’ll typically have a mix of:
- Around 18 – 22 weeks classroom-based training – you’ll learn a lot about various aspects of policing, the law and procedures but don’t worry, it’s definitely not boring! It’s normally broken up by role plays and practical sessions.
- You’ll receive first aid and personal safety training.
- You’ll also undertake a driving course to give you the on-the-road skills you need to do your job.
- You’ll then typically be assigned to a tutor and spend around three months as part of a response rota, developing your on-the-job skills and experience, from taking statements to diffusing tense situations and making your first arrest.
And at every step, you’ll get lots of support from your tutors and the experienced colleagues you’ll be assigned to work with. Discover how Tanya has progressed in her career with the support of her colleagues and mentors - watch the film.