Applying To Become A Police Officer


When was the last time you felt safe walking the streets at night? Even in broad daylight, today crimes are committed. Criminals do not choose a certain place or time to commit crime. They do not choose who they will commit crime against. It can be your little brother, sister, your mum, your wife or husband and it can be your child who will be the next targets of criminals. It can also be you. Crimes are escalating to such a degree that there was a need to promote police recruitment to all people who are interested in making the world a safe place once again.

Generally, people do not want crimes and campaign against it but not everyone can face a criminal in an arm to arm combat. Holding a gun requires certain measures in order to ensure that it will be used responsibly. You should not take this to mean however, being a police officer is all about guns. This is just to say that most criminals are armed and dangerous and police officers undergo special training in order to combat them. Civilians are not encouraged to attempt to challenge an armed criminal. Of course, not everyone can become a police officer but if you can be one then you are urged to join the force.

Police officers' duties include regulating anti-social behavior, reducing street-related crimes including robbery, fighting against organized crime, countering terrorism, assisting victims and giving the community a general feeling of security. The challenge of these duties will fall on you if you decide to be a police officer. You will be expected to be on the forefront of the battle against crimes. As exciting as everything sounds, you should remember that the job's true sense is keeping peace and order as well as upholding justice.

There is no minimum or maximum height requirement to become a police officer nor a formal education required. You can join the force at 18 if you decide that University life is just not for you. Any skills and background that you have gained at this point in your life will be welcomed by the police force. You can also join the force if you feel like you need to take another career path at 40. As long as you are dedicated to serve and protect, you will be welcomed by the force and the police recruitment staff.

When you apply to become a police officer your first step would be to fill up the police application form. After that, you will be called for an assessment, in an assessment centre where you will submit yourself to physical and mental tests. Approximately, the assessment will last for four to five hours. Also, this assessment is standardized across 43 forces in England in Wales so that you will take the same one regardless of what force you are applying to. If you pass the assessment you will next fill up a questionnaire regarding your medical history. A medical officer will evaluate your medical history and as soon as he or she declares you qualified, you will be asked to undergo a full medical with the mandatory alcohol and drug tests. Some of the forces will include a fitness test in the assessment center but if you have not had one yet at this point, you will be asked to complete one.

After completing and passing the assessment you will then be asked to accomplish a questionnaire regarding your medical history. After a medical officer evaluates your medical history and is satisfied, you will be asked to take a full medical including alcohol and drug tests, which are mandatory. If you have not completed a fitness test in the assessment center you will complete one at this stage. After all of the tests are accomplished, your force will send you a "candidate feedback" detailing how you did in the test. If you passed everything then you should be welcomed into the force and be a police officer. If you failed then check the web for tips on how to pass the tests and where you should start from.

By: NickAndrews