Career Advice

How to Join the Police

Employer Match 9 October, 2018

Joining the police is a great career option for anyone who wants a meaningful yet profitable career. If you are interested in this line of work, following are some ways you can join the police for your consideration.

Choose Your Force

There are nearly four dozen geographical police forces in the United Kingdom. There are also four special police forces to consider. These are the British Transport Police, the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the Ministry of Defence Police and the National Police Air Service.

To join any police force, you will need be at least 18 years of age. You will need qualifications equivalent to A-level and in most cases you will need to have lived in the UK for at least the last three years. You will also need to be physically and mentally fit in order to fulfil your duties.

Have a Look at Support Job Options

If you can't join the police, consider related job options. These may include working at a police station front counter or as an analyst, librarian or call handler. What is more, 13 to 18 year olds can volunteer as a police cadet to gain some field training and see if they really want to make police work a long-term career. Working as a cadet also offers valuable experience that will look good on your CV in the future.

Consider an Apprenticeship

As an apprentice, you will be able to earn a living while you learn a valuable skill. At the end of your training, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Joining the police is not a decision that should be made lightly. At the same time, it's a career that offers you the opportunity to make the world a better place. Consider your options and make a well-informed decision based on your aspirations and abilities.