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Police officer recruitment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Barclay   
Monday, 04 November 2013 09:36

What does a Police Officer do?

Police officers work closely with the community and undertake a variety of activities which relate to the prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders against the peace. The key tasks of a Police Officer are to; 

  • Liaise with external agencies/departments and members of the community to develop better working practices and improve the safety of the local community
  • Respond to calls for assistance from the public, record and investigate crime and non crime issues and participate in the long term resolution of community problems
  • Undertake mobile and foot patrol, seeking to reassure the public and proactively work towards the prevention and detection of offences
  • Attend and investigate traffic collisions, working with other agencies to improve road safety
  • Interview suspects, witnesses and victims, establishing facts and compiling case files for prosecution and other further action
  • Arrest and detain suspected persons, gathering evidence to enable the fair and just prosecution of offenders.

What are the qualifications I need?

Wiltshire Police believe in reflecting the community it serves and invite applicants from all sectors of the community, including minority ethnic groups.

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 57 and be able to prove the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 qualification (A Level Grade A*- E) or above, in any subject or equivalent (please see equivalencies table for further details)
  • GCSEs A*- C in English Language or Literature or equivalent, CSE English Grade 1, O Level English Grade C or above
  • GCSE Maths A* - E, or functional/numeracy skills Level 2 or equivalent.

Wiltshire Police will also accept some key criteria or relevant experience instead of the Level 3 qualification. However you must still have the GCSEs as detailed above.

 The key criteria points are:

  • PCSO with 18 plus months service
  • Special Constable - fit for independent patrol
  • Police Staff with 18 plus months recent relevant experience such as the following job roles:
    • Investigators
    • Contact Management
    • Detention Officers
    • Crime Scene Investigator (CSI).

Relevant experience is determined by being able to demonstrate the following areas:

  • Conflict management
  • Investigative skills
  • Public engagement
  • Knowledge of Police powers and procedures
  • Organisational knowledge.
  • A policing qualification e.g. Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (Pre-entry qualification) or Foundation Degree in Policing, plus the 2 GCSE requirements as outlined above.

The required qualifications have changed slightly since the January 2013 recruitment campaign, as a result of Winsor recommendations.

What are the key skills?

You need honesty, integrity, determination and flexibility. You must be physically fit, have strong communication skills and the ability to apply practical solutions to real life situations.

What is the salary?

A competitive training and remuneration package commencing at £19000.

How do I find out more?

Whenever Wiltshire Police recruit for Police Officers there is an enormous amount of interest in the position. We would therefore ask that you explore our Frequently Asked Questions section, as we know that most queries can be answered there. Should your query not be covered, please contact the Resourcing Team on  or call 01380 734132.

Please do not dial 101.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:58