Starting a career in the police can be one of the best things you’ll ever do. Whilst it comes with many benefits and highs, it isn't the career for everyone, and it can be extremely challenging both physically and mentally and requires a specific set of skills.
So, you’ll need to ask yourself a few important questions:
Are you more inclined to run towards danger instead of away from it?
Do you think you will be able to deal with complex, sensitive and upsetting situations and cases?
Can you think on your feet and be decisive?
Do you thrive on two days never being the same?
Do you have great people skills, remaining calm and patient with members of the public, particularly in stressful or volatile situations?
Can you handle traumatic situations and be able to communicate information sensitively?
Would you be able to give clear and accurate evidence in court?
Are you able to work shifts, nights and weekends? (including public holidays)
Can you be flexible about where you work, accepting that you might not work in your preferred location?
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.