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Police Officer

Police officers performing a breathalyzer test on a motorist

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

The salary for newly appointed police officers is £30,039 a year. On completion of 1 year service this rises to £32,685, and after 2 years to £35,330. After 10 years service your salary will be at least £48,237 a year. (As of April 2023).

Conditions

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Getting In

No formal entry qualifications are required, as life experience is more important. You must:

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

Application process

Assessment 

Final stages

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
2024
12344
0.6 %
RISE
2029
12414
  United Kingdom
2024
135505
3.3 %
RISE
2029
140028

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to be able to:

Training

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.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Transport Police
E-mail: recruitmentteam@btp.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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