PCSOs walking through a town centre

What's it like to do the job?

Any working police officer would probably tell you that their job is a complex mix of excitement, danger, compassion, and paperwork.

Most of the time, the challenges you will face on the job will be mental rather than physical, requiring you to understand what makes people behave as they do, and to use that knowledge to form strong policing skills. But sometimes you will find yourself in situations where physical ability and quick reactions could save your life, and the lives of others.

There are few other jobs that offer such an extreme mixture of ordinary activities and extraordinary situations.

Find out more about being a police officer (new window).

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