Police Careers Information

Law Enforcement Careers within the UK

The Law Enforcement service has a wide variety of different positions available, which can provide you with a very interesting and challenging career.

The Law Enforcement Officers do not just patrol the streets and answer calls for assistance, but have a more in-depth role to play.

Uniformed Patrol Officers

After a constable has completed their initial Law Enforcement training they are assigned to a particular Division and a particular Law Enforcement station within the force area, where the new constable will learn the practical skills that are required to be an effective Law Enforcement officer.

Probationary officers are normally assigned to a tutor constable who will help guide and teach the new officer how to deal with different situations and how to process the necessary paperwork.

Patrol officers are normally the first on the scene at incidents, which can include serious assaults, neighbour disputes, accidents, fires, sudden deaths or murders.

Patrol officers provide a 24-hour service and therefore the job entails working early, late and night shifts. The times can differ between forces, although they are generally similar to what is shown below.

Typical Shifts Worked

Early Shift: 7 AM to 3 PM

Late Shift: 3 PM to 11 PM

Night Shift: 11 PM to 7 AM

Patrol officers often do the initial crime investigation and the taking of statements for crimes, even serious crimes, although serious crimes may then be handed over to officers in the Criminal Investigation Department to investigate further.

Uniformed officers also assist with crowd control at football matches, parades and marches, searches, or door-to-door enquiries during large-scale investigations.

In the News
Latest public order digest published 17:40, 17th December GMT
The cost of providing public order policing is among the key themes discussed in the December issue.
Police funding reduced by almost £300 million 14:00, 17th December GMT
Finances for Home Office's policing budget set out five per cent reduction while IPCC and HMIC get more funding.
Officers charged with manslaughter over custody death 14:20, 17th December GMT
Sergeant and two custody detention officers charged following death of Thomas Orchard.
Leaving the Job: The ideal interview answer model 12:19, 17th December GMT
Former police officer Peter Kelleher provides some techniques on how to model the ideal answer based on proven methods when applying and interviewing for a job.
Domestic abuse risk: Officers should focus relationship behaviour 07:00, 17th December GMT
Research project suggests that police should focus should be on patterns of behaviour in not external factors when identifying risk.
Force will 'certainly not go bankrupt' 07:00, 17th December GMT
Revealing the biggest restructure of operational policing for 40 years, PCC says that force will continue to be financially viable.
Mentally ill teens 'should never be held in custody' 07:00, 17th December GMT
Home Secretary is set to announce changes to mental health laws later this week.
Fed warns against 'tightening the purse strings' 07:00, 17th December GMT
Incoming PFNI Chairman Mark Lindsay urges government to call a halt to ill-judged cuts.
Ex-officer jailed for 12 years over sex attacks 07:00, 17th December GMT
Ex-sergeant was convicted of eight charges against three women and a child last month.
Second fast track scheme has 600 applicants 16:19, 17th December GMT
College of Policing reveals level of popularity of second scheme for reaching inspector level within three years.