Police Officer

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Police officers maintain law and order. They protect people and property, prevent crime, investigate crime and give evidence in court against offenders.

The Work

You could be:


The salary for newly appointed police officers is £28,074 a year. On completion of 1 year service this rises to £30,547, and after 2 years to £33,019. After 10 years service your salary will be at least £43,657 a year.


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Getting In

No formal entry qualifications are required. You must:

Note that as of October 2015, a driving licence is no longer essential for applying.

If you meet these requirements the next step is to apply.


Assessment and initial tests

Final stages

To comply with the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came  into effect on 25th May 2018, we have now amended our police officer and special constable application forms and reviewed how we collect your personal data.

This means that you must submit the new application form together with a posting preference form and the equality and diversity monitoring form.

The vetting form will no longer be required at the application stage.

As well as Police Scotland, you can work with the British Transport Police, which polices railways, and the Ministry of Defence Police which protects Ministry of Defence properties. See their websites for details.

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Job Outlook Scotland


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Job Outlook Scotland

1.3 %

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are groups of up to 24 young people based across Scotland.

Volunteers are aged 13-17, but you can only apply if you are aged between 13 and 15. The programme allows those interested to get an insight into policing in Scotland, and inspire individuals to participate positively within their communities.

Each PSYV group is coordinated by a police officer.

Complete this form to register your interest.


Courtesy of Police Scotland


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Transport Police
Twitter: @BTP

British Transport Police is the UK national police force for the railways, including the London Underground, the Docklands Light Railway, the Midland Metro Tram System and the Croydon Tramlink.

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