Police constable

Police constable

“A police constable upholds law and order through the detection, prevention and investigation of crime”

Being a police constable is a physically and intellectually demanding occupation, requiring high levels of emotional intelligence, strong behavioural interpretation skills and an ability to analyse and resolve rapidly evolving events. As a police constable, you’ll have a unique employment status, as every police constable is a warranted officer, making autonomous lawful decisions including taking away an individual’s liberty if required. You’ll train in the exercise of wide-ranging powers to maintain the peace and uphold the law across complex and diverse communities. You’ll have to justify and personally account for your actions through differing legal frameworks including courts, while also under the close scrutiny of the public. You’ll learn to work safely and lawfully, intelligently applying a range and depth of skills and knowledge to many different policing contexts, such as the management of a sensitive investigation into the sharing of sexual imagery. Upon completion, you’ll achieve a degree in professional policing practice.

Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: English

Entry requirements: Aged 18 or over, a level 3 qualification and level 2 in English and maths, or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience, particularly where strong problem-solving skills shown

Achievement upon completion: Level 6 (Degree)—equivalent to a bachelor’s degree

Potential salary upon completion: £26,000 per annum