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).