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Police officers (sergeant and below)

Average National Salaries (2017)

Age 20

£21,320 pile of coins

Age 35

£43,160 pile of coins

Age 50

£50,960 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £38,480

What does this career do?

Police officers (Sergeant and below) co-ordinate and undertake the investigation of crimes, patrol public areas, arrest offenders and suspects and enforce law and order. Officers of the British Transport Police operate within the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.

Typical tasks

  • receives instructions from senior officers and patrols an assigned area on foot, horseback, motorcycle, motor car or boat to check security and enforce regulations
  • directs and controls traffic or crowds at demonstrations and large public events
  • investigates complaints, crimes, accidents, any suspicious activities or other incidents
  • interviews suspects, takes statements from witnesses and stops, searches and/or arrests suspects
  • attends accidents
  • prepares briefs or reports for senior officers
  • works on station reception desk and or in communications room
  • gives evidence in court cases.

Current entry requirements

There are no academic requirements for entry to the civilian (Home Office) police although eligibility criteria vary across individual police forces. Entrants must sit an entry test and pass a medical examination. All police officers undergo a two year probationary training period. Residency, nationality and age restrictions apply, and background security checks are carried out in respect of entrants.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2018)
Female
(2017)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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