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Police Officer Overview

Police officers are responsible for maintaining basic law and order and for keeping local communities safer, may this be on foot or vehicle patrols on the streets. Amongst other duties, those who fill police officer vacancies will arrest perpetrators of crime, handle calls from the public, give evidence in court, and handle paperwork at the police station. Police officer jobs fill a regimented shift pattern of 40 hours a week, which can include working during evenings, public holidays and weekends.

Many of the skills that police officers learn are transferable, and so other options, such as security guard jobs, are opened up to those who may wish to change occupation in the future.

Police Officer Educational Requirements

There are no formal educational requirements for becoming a police officer. However, police officer vacancies can only be filled by those who are over the age of 18, have lived in the United Kingdom for three years or more and can pass background and security checks. Formal assessments will also need to be carried out on an individual's fitness, eyesight and medical history, as well as an assessment in the Knowledge of Policing. An individual can also ascertain good experience by looking for police community support officer jobs, which have lower entry requirements.

Police Officer Job Market

In England and Wales, there are a registered total of 43 official police services and, according to government statistics, there were a total of over 126,000 people working in police officer jobs up and down the country in 2015 .

Police Officer Salary Information

The starting salary for a police officer with no experience ranges between £19,000-£22,000 a year, but with enough experience this figure can ascend to £36,500. Scope for career improvement within the police force is high – with enough time a candidate can rise to become a sergeant, or even an inspector, where a salary can reach as much as £50,000 a year.

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