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How to Become a Police Officer - Police Constable

Started by Job Hunter, October 18, 2019, 08:23:07 am

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October 18, 2019, 08:23:07 am Last Edit: October 18, 2019, 08:26:04 am by Job Hunter


Policeman, policewoman, police constable

Police officers keep law and order, investigate crime, and support crime prevention.

How to become a police officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

Police College

You could take a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Public Services before applying to the police, although this is not essential.

Police Officer Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

Police Apprenticeship

You could start by doing a police constable degree apprenticeship.

Police Apprenticeship Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship

Police Volunteering and experience

You can get a taste of what it's like to work with the police by volunteering as a special constable.

You could also get paid work as a police community support officer (PCSO) before applying for police officer training.

Police job application

You'll usually apply to one police force at a time.

If your application is successful, you'll be invited to an assessment centre where you'll:

  • have an interview
  • take written tests
  • take a physical fitness test
  • have a medical and eyesight test

You will need to pass:

  • pass enhanced background checks
  • be a British or Commonwealth citizen, a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) citizen, or a foreign national with the right to stay and work in the UK for an indefinite period
  • be over 18 years of age

Skills required to become a Police Constable

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills for treating people fairly and with respect
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • leadership skills
  • sensitivity and understanding for dealing with traumatic situations
  • active listening skills
  • negotiation skills for keeping people safe
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Police Constable Average salary

(a year)

£20,000 - Starter

£60,000 - Experienced

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