Working as a Police Constable is an exciting and rewarding career with the chance to explore academic and vocational opportunities.
As a police officer your job will be to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and promote confidence among local people that the police understand and are prepared to deal with the issues that matter most to them.
The Role of a Police Constable
Constables are at the frontline of the criminal justice system.
They are required to deal with crime, missing people, sudden deaths, family feuds, child abuse, community tensions and much more.
To handle this effectively, a strong ability to engage with a diverse range of communities is vital.
Constables work as part of a team and under general supervision, but will often operate independently.
Their responsibilities include the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order through a range of sworn powers in line with organisational standards.
The role is a challenging and varied one. The training you receive will assist you to deal with these situations successfully but you will need to be comfortable in dealing with a variety of incidents day-to-day as they occur.
Policing will enable you to work in partnership with the public and other organisations and make a difference to the local community.
You will have a key role in supporting victims and witnesses and providing reassurance to individuals who have been subjected to crime and anti-social behaviour.
Many people will look to you for guidance and protection from such experiences and to provide this effectively you will need to be able to see things from their perspective, tailoring your approach to address their particular needs and fears.
So you want to be a Police Constable?
You'll need to have the following attributes:
- Honesty and integrity
- Physical fitness
- Sensitivity and tact
- Communication skills
- Drive and determination
- Rational decision making
- An ability to work independently and as part of a team