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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would maintain law and order, investigate crimes, make arrests, give evidence in court and work on projects to prevent crime.
The work is very important in helping the members of your local community feel safe and secure.
You'd be employed by Police Scotland. You can see details of the training on the Police Scotland website.
After initial training you would work as a uniformed officer, either in a response or a community-based role, patrolling your area (or 'beat') on foot or in a patrol car. There would also be paperwork and other tasks to be completed in a police station.
Depending on your role, you would:
- Respond to calls for help from the public
- Investigate crimes and make arrests
- Interview witnesses and suspects, prepare crime reports and take statements
- Search for missing people
- Give evidence in court
- Go out to accidents and fires
- Carry out administrative tasks around custody
- Work at the station reception desk dealing with the public
- Contact officers on the beat from the communications room
- Police large public events, concerts and demonstrations
- Visit schools to give talks
You would need to complete a trial period as an officer. This is called probation and lasts two years.
After that you may be able to specialise in a specific branch such as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), the drug squad or the traffic police. You'd need to complete a Diploma in Police Service, Leadership and Management to be eligible for promotion.
You’d need solid knowledge of the law and good literacy skills.
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