The Role of a Police Constable

What Does a Police Constable do?

To put it simply, police officers maintain law and order: protect members of the public and their property; and prevent, detect and investigate crime. But of course, it's a much more complex job than that.

You will work to a shift pattern and whilst this is normally over a 40 hour week Police Scotland has a range of flexible working policies to suit individual circumstances.

We're an integral part of the community - as much at home at major sporting events as we are in local classrooms. Our work is based in, around and for the local communities that we serve. That's why it's important our officers are respectful of the culture and beliefs of others.

Make no mistake, it can be a challenging and unpredictable job - as you leave for your daily patrol, there's no knowing what you might encounter - but it's also rewarding like no other. You'll actively make life safer and more secure for everyone around you. And nothing's more important than that.

As a probationary officer, you'll come face to face with the community we serve every day: providing the initial response to incidents; searching person(s), premises and vehicles; attending calls; interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses; taking statements; preparing reports; making enquiries into crimes and offences; gathering and using intelligence; making arrests; preserving crime scenes and presenting evidence in court.

You'll need to complete two years as a probationary officer. Following this, you'll need to prove over the course of time, that you have developed into a fully competent officer, across all aspects of the role before you even start to think about developing your career prospects.

Lateral development can be gained by specialising in a particular area of policing, such as CID, Road Policing, Licensing or the Support Unit. Of course, for some officers with the requisite skills and potential, the option to study for the police diploma can be considered - which is the very first step towards being eligible for future promotion.

For further information please see the person specification,job specification and competency descriptors which are available to download below.

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