Interview with: A POLICE OFFICER

Our ‘Interview With’ series speaks to people in varying careers to ask about their role and how they got there, to inspire others who may be at the stage of picking a career or switching up their current one.

This week, we interviewed a police officer to hear how their mornings start with suiting up in stab vests, and the basic qualifications needed to enter into the force.

WHAT IS YOUR JOB TITLE?

Police officer

  • HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING SINCE LEAVING FULL-TIME EDUCATION?

I have been working full-time since I finished University in 2016, although not all that time with the police, my previous job roles have all been within the events, travel, sports and equestrian industries.

  • WHAT ARE YOU RESPONSIBLE FOR IN YOUR ROLE?

Being a police officer comes with a high level of responsibility as you are the first point of call responding to and investigating a range of incidents; some of which are incredibly serious.

We are responsible for the safety and welfare of members of the public, our colleagues and of course yourself. On a daily basis I am responsible for maintaining law and order, preventing crime from occurring and providing protection for the general public. 

  • WHAT DOES A TYPICAL WORKDAY LOOK LIKE?

Every day is completely different and varied which is why the role of a police officer can be so rewarding… you don’t know what to expect when you start your shift; no working day is the same.

I work on a Neighbourhood Team, a typical workday for me will start off by getting ready into my police uniform (stab vest, personally issued equipment, radio etc) followed by a team briefing with the whole team discussing tasks for the day ahead and anything important we need to be aware of. 

  • WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

Helping and providing support to members of the public is incredibly rewarding.

  • WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO YOUR INDUSTRY?

Be yourself, one of the best things of being part of the police is that every officer/staff member is unique. We all offer different skills and knowledge that we have learnt from our previous personal and working experiences… everyone brings something slightly different to the table and that’s invaluable.

  • WHAT ARE THE MAIN QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR YOUR ROLE/INDUSTRY?

Every police force is different in terms of academic qualifications and their entry requirements. For me personally the minimum qualification that was required was either a BSc or a BA Hons Degree.

If you are interested in joining, my advice would be to do your research online looking into the recruitment process and requirements for the force you’d want to join/your local force.

  • WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL GROWING UP?

My parents have always been my role models growing up both from a work and personal aspect. My mum works within the academic and mental health industries and my dad is a retired police officer now working within the fraud/insurance industry, both of my parents have always given their time and efforts to others before themselves which I believe is a really important and selfless act. 

  • IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ANY ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Don’t be scared to try something new, it’s so important to challenge yourself in order to grow as a person.

PAY RANGE IN £ (TOTAL PACKAGE): 

A = up to 20k
B = 21-30k <<<<< (worth bearing in mind that a police officer’s salary increases with years of service and if you wish to go up the ranks with promotions)
C = 31-50k 
D = 50-70k  
E = 70k +