Police officer

Could you join your local police force and make a difference in your community? Find out what life is really like on the beat.

As a police officer your job will be to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and promote confidence among local people that the police understand and are prepared to deal with the issues that matter most to them.

Policing will enable you to work in partnership with the public and other organisations and make a difference to the local community.

You will have a key role in supporting victims and witnesses and providing reassurance to individuals who have been subjected to crime and anti social behaviour.  Many people will look to you for guidance and protection from such experiences and to provide this effectively you will need to be able to see things from their perspective, tailoring your approach to address their particular needs and fears. 

You must be a person who thrives on challenges, and are willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary for this difficult but critical role.

This can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also an extremely rewarding position. Every day when you put on your uniform and go to work, you will be making life safer and more secure for your friends and neighbours, and making your community a better place to live.

Through our comprehensive training course you will learn to:

  • protect the public from violence
  • provide a reassuring presence in the community
  • support victims of crime and offer help to those who have witnessed crimes
  • investigate complex crimes using a mixture of cutting-edge technology and time-proven traditional methods

What's in it for you?

In return for your hard work you will:

  • have a rewarding job where no two days are ever the same
  • be constantly challenged and always learning
  • be valued for your contribution to your community
  • be well paid and have an excellent benefits package
  • have continual opportunities for development

Sound interesting?

Then follow the links on this website to learn more about what it takes to become a police officer, and the opportunities available.

Fast Track and Direct Entry are two new programmes aiming to attract a wider pool of talent into the police service, as well as rapidly promoting the very best talent from within the service. They will attract individuals with new perspectives and diverse backgrounds to support the continuous development of policing. To find out more information and to discover whether these programmes may be suitable for you please visit Fast Track and Direct Entry.