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Police Officer and Civil Roles in the Police

A career within the Police can be diverse. There are a great number of roles in addition to serving as a Police Officer, including civilian roles such as a Communication Officer, Command and Dispatch Officer and working in Human Resources. 



A Police Officer serves to maintain law and order in local areas by protecting members of the public and their property, preventing crime, reducing the fear of crime and improving the quality of life for all citizens. There are a number of different roles within the police and a clearly defined ranking system which can allow for career progression from police officer to chief constable.

Skills Required:

Alongside this, evidence of work experience within the community would be advantageous. Also, volunteering as a special constable or police community support officer would be useful. Follow the link below for more information.

Career Destinations - Work Experience and Voluntary Work


Things to consider:

Working in the Police Force can be challenging but is also a rewarding career with the chance to make a difference within the community. However, the work environment can be physically demanding, potentially dangerous and at times distressing. In regards to being physically demanding, a Police Officer will need to be physically fit in order to carry out some aspects of the job.

Furthermore, being a graduate can help you to climb the rank structure of officers within the police force.


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Role: Civilian in the Police Force

There are a number of Police roles within the Police Force that do not require you to be a serving Police Officer. Some of these roles include crime analysts, communications officers, command and dispatch roles and human resources. 

Follow the link below to find out more about these roles.

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