How to become a police officer: Dylan's story

Meet Dylan from North Wales and find out about his role as a constable for the police service. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"No day's the same in the police."

  • Dylan's goal was to be a paramedic but, at 18, he was told he didn't have enough life experience
  • He was advised that a good way of getting life experience would be to join the special constabulary – the volunteer section of the police
  • Dylan joined the special constabulary and enjoyed the practical experience so much that he decided to pursue policing as a career
  • He joined as a police constable two and half years ago and is one of the youngest members of North Wales Police
  • He enjoys helping the community and keeping members of the public safe.

What to expect if you want to be a police officer

  • Police officer average salary: £19,164 to £41,130 per year.
  • Police officer typical working hours: 37 to 40 hours per week. You could work different shifts on evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

What qualifications do you need to be a police officer?

You could get into this role via a university course, a college course, an apprenticeship, working towards the role or applying directly.

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed. (Sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service).

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: National Careers service (England), nidirect (Northern Ireland), My World of Work (Scotland) and Careers Wales (Wales).

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