Policing has always been a popular career choice. Here’s everything you need to know about planning your route into a rewarding job in law enforcement.
Police officers patrol public areas on foot, horseback, by car, motorcycle or boat. They investigate crimes, arrest suspects and offenders and they enforce law and order.
To become a police officer, you need to be 18-years-old and you will need to contact your local police force to apply as each force has its own requirements.
Background and security checks will be completed and you must provide evidence that you are a British or Commonwealth citizen.
If you are successful, you will be invited to complete some assessments. These will include an interview, written tests, physical fitness tests and medical and eyesight tests.
If you are successful, you will work as a student officer for two years before you become a police constable. At this point you can, if you want to, specialise in something like firearms.
There are no formal educational requirements for entry into the police but from 2020 all new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level.
Why do you have to have a degree now?
Chief Constable Alex Marshall of the College of Policing explains that, “The nature of police work is getting quite complex and it is quite contentious, and the public expectation is that you’ll be patrolling in my street and, by the way, you’ll be patrolling online.”
This change does not mean that you will have to study full time at university in order to become a police officer. The other options for a career in policing are a three-year degree apprenticeship and a six-month post graduate conversion course.
What will I study on a policing degree?
The suggestion is that study will cover the law, safeguarding, understanding how an officer behaves on the street and how an officer builds trust within communities.Research predicted job openings, salaries and hours