police career guide

Police Career Guide

Welcome to our police career guide.

How to become a police officer

(1) Entry-level requirements

For becoming a police officer in the UK, one needs to be a UK citizen for more than 3 years and must be above 18 years of age. It also has to pass through severe background checks and health test. One has to undertake Professional Policing Degree from University before giving application for joining a force. One can also get a degree in police Now graduate leadership scheme. 2 to 3 A level is also considered as an equivalent degree requirement. 

(2) Day-in-the-life

The job duties include responding to public calls, investigating offences and crimes and interviewing suspects before making an arrest. A police officer also presents evidence in the court and controls traffic in public events. Responsibility also includes advising the public on crime prevention and personal safety.  

(3) Career path

One has to spend two years working as a student officer before being promoted to a police constable. This can be followed by specialising in specific policing such as the criminal investigation department (CID), road traffic, counter-terrorism, firearms. With experience and training, one might also get promoted to the position of sergeant or inspector. 

(4) Job opportunities

Online job portal such as ‘Find a job service’ can help search Police Officer jobs. Indeed.co.uk and prospects.ac.uk are other online job portals full looking for vacancies.  

(5) Where to find more information

One can contact the ‘local police force’ for application to different force and to know about the recruitment rules. ‘College of Policing’ can be contacted for career information in the police force.  

How to become a firefighter

(1) Entry-level requirements

One can undertake Level 2 or 3 Diploma in the public services for applying for the position of a Firefighter. Entry requirements also include at least 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or any equivalent requirement for level 2 course. 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or any equivalent requirement would be needed for level 3 course. One also has to pass an online test for the assessment of judgement ability in real work settings and reading and number tests.  

(2) Day-in-the-life

The job duties of a firefighter include inspection and maintenance of equipment and undertaking practice drills for fire services. It also has to be responsive to emergency calls and rescue people, animals from accidents sides and burning buildings. They also have to deal with floods and bomb alerts and put out property fires. They also inspect buildings for ensuring that they are meeting regulations of fire safety. 

(3) Career path 

A Firefighter can work its way up to being a crew manager or station manager with experience and training. One can also move between different services and become Brigade manager or area manager. You can undertake professional qualifications to become a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

 (4) Job opportunities

Apprenticeship vacancies are available online job portals and ‘Find an apprenticeship service’ can be helpful to find firefighter related jobs and to get alerts about new apprenticeships. 

(5) Where to find more information

For further information, ‘local fire and rescue service’ can be contacted for careers and firefighters and the recruitment packs.

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