That’s a question you may often ask yourself when you are looking to apply to become a Police Officer or Police Special.
But why do people want to be police officers? The answer is simply that only you really know and you’ll find the answer in your heart.You’ll be asked this question within your application form and you’ll then be asked it again at the interview stage of your application.
The answer for most people wanting to join the police is different to when they actually join the police.
Most officers we have spoken to within the UK say they’d like to ‘help people’ and ‘make a difference’
Those answers themselves are very powerful.
The role of a police officer or special constable is very rewarding.
Those who choose a career within the police find their job very challenging but also rewarding.
Police Officers make a real difference and actually save lives.
Police Officers can often be the big difference between life and death.
They have the opportunity to save people’s lives, they remove people from domestic abusers and have a massive impact on someone’s freedom that could prevent them from killing someone. You could have just prevented that death an unknown hero.
You could arrive at the scene of an attempted murder and be the first person that gives first aid and basic life support that makes that massive difference until the paramedics arrive.
Let’s face it Police Officers don’t hand out speeding tickets for the good of it, it’s to help reduce the risk of death or serious injury and also to prevent that speeding driver from doing the same again to make that they think ‘hang on I’m not going to do that again’.
Having the opportunity to encourage people to make better life choices.
Your words of wisdom and advice could encourage people away from crime and direct them towards better life choices.This would more than likely only work with first-time offenders when they reach that crossroad. Offer them the direction of which way they would like to turn.
This would more than likely only work with first-time & juvenile offenders when they reach that crossroad. Offer them the direction of which way they would like to turn. The way in which juvenile offenders are treat in custody could be that one thing that reduces the chances of re-offending. That is a big responsibility and challenge that could reshape the future of that person’s re-offending.
A lot of serving officers would disregard this answer as nonsense and it is a known fact that they deal with the same offenders time and time again for the same offences. What are the chances of having an impact on drug dealers and gang members making millions from their crimes?
However, we would argue that whilst being a police officer, this is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. The opportunity to assist in rehabilitating people and attempt to turn them away from crime.
No day is the same as a Police Officer
The work of police officers is unique and every hour of every day is different. Only the processes in place tend to be the same thing officers do day in day out.
The people you encounter and the jobs you deal with day in day out will rarely be the same.
One moment you could be dealing with an elderly lady who is having a ball kicked against her wall, the next that child who is kicking the ball against her wall goes missing.
You could be stopping a suspected drunk driver the next you could be blue lighting to a call where a drunk driver has hit and killed a child.
That is why policing is unique and no day is ever the same because you never know who is going to dial 999 next?
Helping make a massive difference within the community
We all know you just want to join the job for the blue lights and fast cars which may lead you to overlook one of the most important aspects of policing. Knowing about it and being passionate about the community could stand you apart from the other applicants.
Community policing is the grass routes of British policing where intelligence can be gathered and shared across communities. After all the people who live and working within your area know a lot more than you could even imagine. They are the key.
Addressing the issues and fears within the community where you work, you could be doing a lot more than you think. You can help to build trust with the community, along with tackling wider and greater issues at the same time.
Community policing is very satisfying and looks to work with people within the community working with them can build amazing and meaningful relationships that will be good for the wider community.
Communities are the DNA and the backbone of British policing never underestimate the work that our community officers are doing.