Working as a police officer can be satisfying, rewarding, saddening, lonely, and fulfilling—all during the same shift. If you are considering a police job, this video shows the day in the life of a new police officer.
Being a police officer isn’t for everyone – it’s one of the most challenging careers you can choose, being physically, mentally and emotionally demanding.
You should consider whether you can do these things. Deal with the complex and sensitive cases, requiring clear reasoning and evidence gathering. Think on your feet – problem solving and responding to new challenges. Develop new skills as data and technology become ever more important to police. Work well with colleagues as part of an effective team. Have great people skills, remaining calm and patient with members of the public, particularly in stressful or volatile situations. Handle traumatic situations and be able to communicate information sensitively. There are people who are just downright upset with you for doing your job. Not regular folks, but the people who you have to take enforcement action against because you caught them in the act of committing a crime. You’ll receive training and support throughout your career to help you manage the demands of policing, but it’s important to be sure that becoming a police officer is right for you.