Police: Make Your Difference
About Police: Make Your Difference
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.
Policing is one of the most varied, rewarding and challenging careers you can choose and provides you the opportunity to 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.
Training and progression
Being a police officer is both rewarding and challenging - you’ll sometimes need to operate outside of your comfort zone and handle difficult or complex situations.
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. You’ll develop the skills you need to:
- Investigate and solve crimes
- Keep people safe during major police operations
- Use new technology to do your work even more successfully
Once you’ve successfully completed your probation, you have the opportunity to progress up through the ranks. You’ll also be able to apply for specialist units, like CID, firearms, child protection, cyber-crime and dog handling.
You don't need a degree to join. With a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) you can earn and learn on the job, and you’ll end up with a degree in Professional Policing Practice at the end of the programme.
For some forces you can still apply via the traditional entry route – following the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and a two-year probation period.
If you want to get a degree before you join, you can join via the degree holder entry route. Or some universities offer a specific Professional Policing Degree. Learn more about ways into policing
Representing our communities
Representing and communicating with the communities we serve is crucial, which is why the police service welcomes those with a range of experiences and backgrounds.
The more our police officers represent the communities we serve, the more we understand their needs and concerns and the better we work together to make communities safer and stronger.
Benefits of being a police officer
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 and the potential to earn more as you progress through the ranks.
- A generous pension, including the option to retire at 60.
- Heavily discounted private healthcare
- Annual leave
- A wide range of discounts offered by retailers, restaurants and other businesses to police workers. Here’s just one example.
Being an officer