Category: Career in the police

Our CVF Christmas Gift to You!

Our CVF Christmas Gift to You!

50% discount on all e-learning courses – December 2018 Only!

“Your online courses have been invaluable. I used the structure for my briefing exercise & scored top marks!”

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Interview Prep

Presentation & Scenarios

All of the above e-learning courses are now available at 50% discount for December ONLY!

  • Thinking about police promotion in 2018? 
  • Only familiar with the NPPF assessment criteria?
  • Force has changed to the CVF criteria? 


Why is policing such a great career?

Why is policing such a great career?

Check out if you’re considering a career in the police(part of the service)

Despite current challenges in policing it still remains a fantastic career. Some of the reasons why are as follows;

  1. A great team spirit. There is still fantastic humour and banter amongst colleagues who remain close friends for life.
  2. The variety of roles is like no other career.  For example during my career I was a Response Officer, a tutor Constable, a Beat Officer, a Detective Sergeant, Detective Inspector overseeing complex crime and covert tactics. I progressed to Chief Inspector, Superintendent, Chief Superintendent before becoming assistant Chief Constable and retiring as a Deputy Chief Constable. There are so many other roles such as traffic officer, police dog handler, special branch, surveillance officer, working in child protection or investigating fraud or cyber crime. POlice
  3. Everyday is different. Despite having plans for your day it is highly likely that a murder, serious traffic accident, major incident, drugs raid or other requirement will redirect your day.
  4. Opportunities for new learning and development are available.
  5. Critical decisions need to be made at all levels often without time to plan or think. One of the great things in policing is that Police Constables have far reaching powers such as the power to arrest, the power to stop and detain individuals and the power to close pubs and clubs down if need be. Police Constables have discretion as to whether to fully enforce the law or not.

I am sure that there are many other reasons too, such as a good salary, a stable career and a good pension.

Of course with any job there are disadvantages, some of these are:

  1. Shift work doesn’t suit everyone. Early starts and working nights affects your diet and sometimes your health and well being.
  2. There will be times when you’re working excessive hours and working on your days off in time of need (such as recent terror attacks).
  3. Often on call which restricts your private life.
  4. Always on duty even if you are off duty! You are expected to act positively if you see the law being broken or someone at risk of coming to harm.
  5. Patrolling alone more and more due to financial pressures.
  6. Risk of injury in enforcing the law. Not everyone likes the Police and you will encounter difficult and dangerous situations.

It is up to you to decide whether you think that the pro’s outweigh the con’s!!  Go on … why do you want to join the police?

What will make you stand out and get you that job in the police or police promotion you want?

What will make you stand out and get you that job in the police or police promotion you want?

Stand outI get asked this question all the time … having a good awareness of the issues affecting policing will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Whether thinking of joining the police or wanting that next police promotion, it is worth taking some time to critically analyse policing before working on your skills and experience.

My e-learning courses talk in more depth about challenges in policing but here are a few questions to get you thinking …

  1. Is degree entry into policing a good thing or not?  Will it affect efforts to have a police service which is representative of the public? Will some communities be disadvantaged by such a policy?
  2. What do you think about direct entry into policing at Inspector and Superintendent level?  Is it necessary and if so why?
  3. Is policing sustainable as it is?  Can the police force cope with new and unprecedented demands?  Should there be fewer police forces or even a national police force to reduce waste and ensure greater resilience?

What views do you have? Have you given them any thought?  How would you approach any of these questions or presentation subjects?

Help is on hand – regardless of whether you’re at the beginning of planning your police journey or taking the next step with police promotion – I’ve developed models, structures and will help you to think about and plan your answers.

Get in touch if you want to find out more and get ahead of the crowd …