Is policing right for me?
Being a police officer is one of the most challenging careers you can choose, being physically, mentally and emotionally demanding.
Take the ‘is policing right for me’ quiz to find out whether you’re suited to a role in the police.
We recruit people to study for a degree or a graduate diploma, while also training to be a police officer. Find out more about the student officer programme.
Through our comprehensive training course you’ll learn to;
- Protect the public from violence
- Provide a reassuring presence in the community
- Support victims of crime and offer help to those who have witnessed crimes
- Investigate complex crimes using a mixture of cutting-edge technology and time-proven traditional methods
On a starting salary of £24,780, you’ll be working a shift pattern of 40 hours a week and in return for your hard work you’ll:
- Have a rewarding job where no two days are the same
- Be constantly challenged and always learning
- Be valued for your contribution to your community
- Be well paid and have an excellent benefits package
- Have continued opportunities for advancement
Your training period will depend on which entry route you join, although all routes cover the same framework in the first year. The training is split into a number of mandatory blocks with a blended learning approach. Modules are interactive with question and answer sessions as well as role-plays and practical sessions to assist your learning and we’ll provide you with plenty of academic support from both police trainers and university lecturers.
All routes have 22 weeks classroom training during which time you’ll learn about various aspects of policing and be trained in Crime, Traffic and General Policing duties.
You don’t need to hold a full driving licence when you put in your application however you must pass your test and get a full licence before we can offer you a position. After your classroom learning, you’ll be invited to attend a driving course where you’ll learn about roadcraft skills. You’ll be assigned to an experienced tutor and spend twelve weeks working on a response rota and developing your skills as a Police Constable.
The Passing-out Ceremony
This is where you’ll be presented with your certificate of attestation by a Chief Officer. It’s a special moment for you and your classmates to share your success with each other and with friends and family.
Once you’ve been deployed to your station, you’ll be out in the community and be mentored by a tutor constable for twelve weeks. You’ll apply your learning and build new skills.
- We welcome applications from anyone looking for a career change. Applicants from all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.
- Candidates aged 17 and above may apply to become a police officer, and take up appointment on reaching the age of 18 or above if successful
- There is no upper age limit, though you should bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police constables and sergeants is in line with government ages
- All new recruits, whatever their background or age, are required to undertake a minimum probationary period. You can find out more about this within the Entry Routes.
You may want to review the eligibility requirements on the College of Policing website, or within the Eligibility criteria for the role of police constable PDF document.
Depending on which entry route you come into North Wales Police will determine how long your probation period is.
Your time as a probationer constable will be filled with new and challenging experiences. There’s a lot to learn, but we’ll support you all the way.
Throughout your probationary period, you’ll return to the classroom either in North Wales Police or Bangor University to learn new skills and complete academic coursework and assignments. You’ll be required to revise the subjects in your own time as well.
There will be two pre-scheduled two-week holiday breaks while you’re in training. Other than that, you won’t be able to take any time off during this initial stage. In years 2 and 3 you’ll have more freedom to choose when you’d like to take your leave, although you won’t be able to take leave during your formal blocks of learning.
Once you’ve successfully passed your probation period you have a number of options.
Continue as a Constable
You can carry on at this rank and that’s absolutely fine with us. As you’ll know after two years, it’s such a varied role that no two days are the same – there’s no risk of getting bored!
Gain extra skills
You could also gain extra skills and qualifications while remaining a Constable. There are opportunities to learn about subjects as varied as evidence gathering, protester liaison or Taser, which you can then use alongside your daily work. Depending on your combination of skills you could add Family Liaison Officer, Tactical Adviser, Search Officer or many more roles to your professional record.
Move up the ranks
You might want to challenge yourself by moving up to a Sergeant rank. The National Police Promotion Framework is a four-step process for constables seeking promotion and involves a three-hour legal examination and work-based assessment. If you pass all four stages, then as well as gaining a promotion you can add a professional qualification in police management to your CV.
Move into a specialist role
If you have a particular interest that you’d like to focus on, look out for vacancies in specialist units such as CID, Roads Policing, Firearms or Cybercrime. There’s a lot of competition for these limited places, so consider requesting a professional secondment beforehand to get some insight and learn whether it’s for you.