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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:

Pay

From 1 December 2018, the salary for newly appointed police officers is £26,037 a year. On completion of 1 year service this rises to £28,392, and after 2 years to £30,747. After 10 years service your salary will be at least £40,878 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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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.

Application

Assessment and initial tests

Final stages

To comply with the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming 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 from 25 May 2018 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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
13527
0.8 %
FALL
2024
13414
  United Kingdom
2019
127063
0.8 %
FALL
2024
126023

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

Video

Courtesy of Police Scotland

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Transport Police
E-mail: first_contact@btp.pnn.police.uk
Website: http://www.btp.police.uk/
Twitter: @BTP
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britishtransportpolice

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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