Rewards of Policing

Becoming a police officer gives you the power to make your difference in the community. You’ll help reduce crime and provide a reassuring presence, making life safer and happier for the people you serve.

When you join the police, you’ll develop both personally and professionally. Through the training you receive, you’ll end up with skills for life that will serve you well as your career progresses.

Find out about training and progression

Benefits of being a police officer

Beth loves the fact that every single day is different:

And alongside the variety each day brings, there's a comprehensive range of benefits:

  • Competitive salary - from the outset, you earn while you learn. Minimum starting salaries for police apprentices are around £18,450 but this will vary by force and region. Once you’ve passed your probation, you normally receive an annual pay rise, with the maximum salary for police constables being around £40k. 
  • A generous pension, including the option to retire at 60.
  • Heavily discounted private healthcare via the Police Mutual discretionary healthcare scheme.
  • Annual leave - ranging from 22 days (in addition to public holidays) when you’re starting out to 30 days for long-serving staff.
  • Generous maternity and paternity leave.
  • A wide range of discounts offered by retailers, restaurants and other businesses to police workers. Here’s just one example.

Representing the communities you serve

When you join the police, you can make a real difference through understanding the needs of your community. That’s why we welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and experiences.


Every day is different and I'm learning new skills.


North Wales Police

Who can join?

There are various ways to join as a police officer, depending on your work, life and educational experience.