Police recruitment

​​​​​Working for the police

If you want to do something worthwhile, like giving something back to your community, then a career in the police could be for you.

A job in the police, put simply, will be to reduce crime and the fear of crime. Achieving this will mean:

  • meeting daily challenges
  • accepting responsibility
  • working as a team
  • gaining the respect of your community

and much more besides!

There are many different ways you can contribute in the police.  You will find out more detail on this website, but read on for a quick overview of the roles.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Police officers

Police officers on the frontline of crime initiatives, but exact roles depend on the force you apply to and whether you choose to specialise after your training.  Everyone who wants to become a police officer has to complete a probationary period.  Many officers prefer to spend the majority of their careers on patrol - but others opt to transfer to more specialist areas of work.

Whatever you choose, you will be guaranteed a varied, exciting and challenging role.  Find out more in our police officers section or apply directly for vacancies within UK Police forces.

Fast Track & Direct Entry
The Fast Track and Direct Entry programmes have been designed to open up entry to the service to talented individuals who will bring new perspectives and diverse back grounds to support the continuous development of policing. As well as attracting identifying and developing the most talented constables, special constables and police staff from within the police service. Find out more.  

Police community support officers (PCSOs)

As a police community support officer (PCSO), you will work on the frontline of your local force, providing a visible and reassuring presence on the streets and tackling anti social behaviour.

This is a paid role that will enable you to develop your skills in dealing with people and gain job satisfaction from making a difference in your community.

PCSOs have different roles depending on your force, but they usually patrol a beat and interact with the public, while also offering assistance to police officers at crime scenes and major events.

Find out more in our police community support officer section

Special constables

The Special Constabulary are a trained force of volunteers who possess the full range of policing powers and give up part of their spare time to provide policing support.  They are not paid but are entitled to claim reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their role. 

Specials can provide a vital link with local communities and may come from all walks of life. If you are a dedicated individual and want to support your local community then the role of a special may be suitable for you.  Find out more in our special constable section.