IS POLICING RIGHT FOR ME?
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.
WHY JOIN THE POLICE?
A career in policing can be really rewarding, both for you as an individual and also for the communities you’ll serve.
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.