Police Officer

How did you get interested in what you do? What advice was available to you when you chose this career direction?
Previously, I worked for a building society (now a bank) and was bored of the daily grind with each day being far too similar. I had a good think about what occupations offered more variety and found lots of advice and guidance available from the police recruitment department. 
 
What was your journey to reach the role you are in today? 
I didn't give any thought to my current occupation while in my formative years. Having left school at 16, I was employed by a Building Society in Edinburgh. After carrying out various roles there, I decided to do something completely different and at the age of 23 became a police officer.
  
Talk me through a day in your life... what sorts of things would it involve?
It depends upon your role, you have no idea what incidents are going to happen at any given time, providing advice and assistance to anyone in need of it. You may be sent to a serious road traffic collision, a pub fight, domestic dispute, theft or a large public event.
 
Was it your planned career when you were 18?
No
 
What did your mum and dad want you to do?
I'm not sure.
 
What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?
Complete your education first, or do another job first. Generally, the Police prefer to wait until someone is about 23 years old before employing them. The reason for this is that it costs a lot of money to train a police officer and younger people are more likely to leave the service. It's best to have seen a bit of life and then be sure this is the correct career path. You can join the service as a Special Constable before applying to join, this gives you a flavour of what to expect.
 
What other directions could you go in /work in within your field other than the job you have chosen?
Once you are in the service, there are many options, community policing, road policing, CID, surveillance, forensic computer examination