Why work for us
Why work for us?
Merseyside Police is one of the best performing forces in the country and it takes a huge number of people from all sorts of different backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience, to achieve that.
It’s our people who make Merseyside Police the force it is. Their passion, drive and effort helps to create a society where members of the public can live not just safely, but happily and with confidence.
When you work for us, you will join a fantastic team of police officers and staff who care: about our communities; about our colleagues; about making a difference and about continually developing our force to be the best we can be.
What makes Merseyside special?
Every day we look after 1.4 million people and police an area of 647 square kilometres, that’s equivalent to just under 121,000 football pitches. Merseyside is a metropolitan county made up five local authority districts, a world famous waterfront, endless coastline, a vibrant city centre, an array of bustling urban suburbs and a large estuary better known as the River Mersey.
To give you an idea of just some of our work:
- We answer around 23,300 “999” calls every month, from across Merseyside, responding to more than 190 emergencies every day, to help keep people safe
- Our vehicles and the officers and staff in them cover almost 7 million miles a year to protect and serve people across the county
- We prepare information for more than 1,400 court cases every month to help bring offenders to justice
- We respond to more than 5,200 road traffic collisions a year to help keep our roads and streets safe
- We publish more than 9,500 pieces of social media content every year to help our communities understand our work and to support community engagement
That’s only a snapshot of our work.. Keeping Merseyside safe takes a huge variety of people. Skilled police officers and a host of other experts. We’re a force made up of accountants, data analysts, cleaning staff, trainers, I.T. professionals, administrators, forensic support... the list is endless, all working together, alongside our officers, in different roles and with different responsibilities as part of a police force that gives its all to the community.
Reflecting our communities
Not only do we aim to attract and keep people with the best skills and highest potential, we want to attract people into policing who may not have considered a career with us before. We want our people to be representative of all our different communities across Merseyside so that communities feel we are part of them, and them of us.
Read more about the work we are doing to be more representative of our communities here.
The benefits for working for us
As part of Merseyside Police there are lots of services and benefits you can access. These are aimed at supporting you physically, mentally, emotionally and financially. Take a look at the list so that you know what’s available:
- Competitive salary, with shift allowance for some roles
- Competitive annual leave entitlement, rising with length of service
- Healthy work-life balance - Policies such as flexible working, flexitime, part-time opportunities, career break and flexible retirement
- Salary sacrifice schemes such as:
- The Tusker car benefit scheme where you can lease a brand new, energy-efficient car which has money saving benefits
- Cycle to work scheme
- Pension scheme with generous employer contributions
- Lifestyle benefits such as:
- Eligibility for the Blue Light Card - an emergency service discount card scheme
- O2 mobile phone discount
- Police Mutual – financial services exclusively for police officers, staff and their families
- Access to our range of sports facilities such as gyms and squash courts
- Free eye test and discounts on glasses
- Emergency services discount with Slater menswear
Helping you to achieve your potential
We encourage our people to take on new opportunities, to challenge themselves, to try new roles, to learn new skills and to take on responsibility whatever stage of their career they're at.
Each year you’ll sit down with your manager and talk about where you are and where you’re going. The idea behind this is to find training and development opportunities which can help you achieve your goals. These ‘Professional Development Review’ or PDR sessions allow us to reflect on what we’ve achieved each year and set goals for ourselves in the year to come.
There are lots of paths for development no matter what area of the force you work in. Once you’re settled in take a look at these options:
- Aspire Merseyside is a talent management programme to develop our most promising talent. Aspire runs for two years and participants attend bespoke workshops, complete a management qualification and get access to senior mentors. It’s an amazing opportunity for those with ambition and drive to progress.
- Mentors can support colleagues by discussing their own experiences and sharing their knowledge. This can help you to build your understanding and make insightful choices when faced with tough challenges. These relationships tend to build over a period of time and they involve you planning to reach a specific objective.
- Coaches can look at specific areas of your performance with you, or help you with some significant challenges you might face within the workplace. Coaching isn’t about giving someone the answers, but about supporting them on their path to finding their own answers.