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 complex and sensitive cases, requiring clear reasoning and evidence gathering, evaluating information and recording details
Are able to think on your feet – problem-solving and responding to new challenges
Are willing to develop new skills, as data and technology become ever more important to policing
Are able to understand, retain and explain facts and procedures
Work well with colleagues as part of an effective team in a disciplined organisation
Can communicate well, both written and verbally
Build relationships easily, respect other people and appreciate views from communities across the region
Have great people skills, remaining calm and patient with members of the public, particularly in stressful or volatile situations
Can handle traumatic situations and be able to communicate information sensitively
Can make decisions, report situations to others and use your police powers appropriately
Are able to give clear and accurate evidence in court
Are willing to work shifts, nights and weekends (including public holidays)
Are able to be flexible about where you work - you might not work in your preferred location
Are reasonably fit and strong, with the ability to run, walk reasonable distances and stand for reasonable periods, to keep you and others safe
Can sit for reasonable periods, to write, read, use the telephone and to use or learn to use IT
Can exercise reasonable physical force in restraint and retention in custody
Are able to combine your studies with being a full-time police officer by completing your assignments on time throughout your degree.
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.