Retired Police Officer in London
A rewarding career.
Unique, rewarding but requires dedication and commitment.I was dealing with complex serious and organised crime with the investigation, arrest, collection of evidence, creation and submission of case files for Crown Prosecution Service and delivery of evidence in Court.
Detective Inspector in East London, Greater London
Overall great place to work. Dedicated people, you develop strong bonds.
Although there is a structure to your policing day, you have to be ready to respond to incidents and challenges that cannot be predicted. You learn how to work under pressure, you see a different side to life and see how you cope with this. The management is challenging and supportive. They have worked their way up the rank structure and should know what the job is all about. Management positions are open to all. You develop strong collective bonds with colleagues. The work environment has strong team spirit and loyalty. The hardest part is accepting that on occasions people do get away with committing crime and you must work within the rules. Not allowing frustration to lower your standards. Stopping and detecting crime.
Human Resource Advisor in West Brompton Station
Productive and fun work experiences
I have thourly enjoyed working with Met Police. The flexible hours were very much beneficial for my life as I am single parent. Colleague in my team were very welcoming and co operative.
Police Constable in London, Greater London
Policing is unique and challenging
Being a PC in the Met is a real mixed blessing. For the first two to three years in the job, or during your probationary period at least, expect to be treated a bit like a child at times. As a newbie you are the lowest of the low. That is just the nature of the job and the culture of the organisation. It's a right of passage and you have to prove yourself worthy of respect and gain the confidence of colleagues on team, line manager and those above you in the hierarchy/pecking order. For some this comes quicker than for others. There is so much to learn and adjust to it takes a long time to get on top of the job so you are always reliant on more experienced colleagues to help you along. Some say it takes 5 to 10 years to make a police officer. The foundation training is good but only goes so far, the real learning is on the job. If you have the ability, patience and self-confidence to get through your probation then it's a job for life if you want that. If, however, you struggle through probation (as I did at times) and feel your confidence being eroded instead of increasing, then the job is probably not for you. I went in at a mature age. For some that's ok, especially if they are super fit and maybe ex armed forces. But bear in mind if you join in your 40's or 50's you will be working alongside people much younger than you and your supervisors might also be younger or the same age. Also considering how long it takes to settle into the job (years not months), time is not on your side if you go in later in life, particularly when it comes to specialising or promotion. It is a very physical and arduous job, not all the time but frequently, so joining when you are younger is generally advisable. The ideal police officer is physically and mentally strong, resilient, confident, and thick skinned though empathetic, good with people and adaptable. That's regardless of where you end up in the job. The importance of keeping yourself fit and healthy cannot be stressed enough - eat well, sleep well and exercise. This job is not for everyone and the bureaucracy of the organisation can feel overwhelming at times. There is a vast amount of computer work involved as well as the hands on physical stuff. It's an all consuming job, there's not much time for a life outside of work. Go to work, eat, sleep, that's about it. On rest days, unless you are a really active person that doesn't need much sleep, all you want to do is rest. If you are truly passionate about policing go for it, if you're not sure think very carefully if this is for you before applying.
Programme Management Office Analyst in London
Productive and inspiring place to work
Its been an amazing experience working here. I feel a sense of being part of a great organisation working hard to keep the nation safe. Excellent work culture.