Police Scotland
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Demanding career with opportunities for personal advancement. Good continuous training variety of opportunities to work within a number of different specialities.
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Security
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Work life balance demanding.
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Since amalgamation of the Scottish forces Police Scotland has unfortunately driven down standards and the service they provide to the people in Scotland. Unfortunately the SMT culture hasn’t evolved in a positive manner with much of the negatives from the former Strathclyde Police being identified as “good practice” by weak managers. They seem to have lost their way with the welfare of staff with a constant expectation of more for less. Hopefully changes at the top will see a positive change in working practices but we shall see.
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Not a lot
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Long hours, stressful and little or no recognition.
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Sector I worried in wee very busy. Not much time to stop and catch a breath. Was in charge of a large area and didn’t get much thanks for the work I put in to organising
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Think very carefully before joining Police Scotland. The job is a glorified skivvy, sorting out the lives of people who don't want to do it themselves and dealing with the same people almost on a daily basis. There is absolutely no welfare for officers, in fact prisoners get treated better. They dont seem to care if you've been on the go 7, 8, 9 hrs without stopping and still expect you to go and deal with drugged up idiors, You get treated like dirt by management, you start your shift not knowing when you will finish, they think they own you and the lazy people on shift get away with it. DONT DO IT!!!
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Finishing time (Eventually)
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Almost Everything about the job, Horrible place to work, Training is rubbish and doesn't prepare you 1 bit for what your going to deal with.
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Colleagues were the best part of the job. Management however, are generally awful, looking out for themselves and throwing you under the bus the first chance they get. Paperwork is a joke, and we all know there's no justice. Police Scotland is not a good place to work, not a good culture, morale totally at a low, and compared to what you see on the TV with English forces, Police Scotland do not come anywhere close. Bully boy tactics, rest days cancelled for court, operations etc with little notice, and it's just tough if you had plans. You have to plead with the Fiscal for an excusal. You're at their beck and call. 2% excitement, 98% paperwork. Worst place to work, no backing from your gaffers. Best thing was the laugh with your team mates. Otherwise, avoid at all costs.
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Work mates
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Paperwork, bosses, bullying
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Having worked with the police for 31yrs, I enjoyed my role very much, no day/night was the same Job shared for approx 10 yrs prior to taking early retirement
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Caring organisation
Cons
Shift work is not for everyone
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Working for the police is fast paced and stressful. Dealing with the unknown day in and day out can be rewarding and exciting however at times is dangerous.
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A job that was challenging, rewarding and met many great friends Long shifts on occasions and unknown when a shift would finish A fast moving job with ever changing events on a daily basis
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The police had a Very poor work culture with bullying, no work life balance and no consideration given to your family dynamics or wellbeing. Bosses are driven by their career and have no interest in staff
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Typical day is so varied and every day is a school day, something new is learned every day. Best part of the job is helping others in a wide variety of situations and scenarios. Strangely that can be the hardest part also because you want to do your best for the public but it can be frustrating. Culture is very professional but enjoyable too.
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PROS money 1 hour for lunch Good shifts CONS Micro-management environment, especially from operations management Low morale Seen as a bum on a seat
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A 30 year career in a secure job has to be appreciated. In short it's a job which allows you to get back what you put in this is self explanatory for anyone considering this role.
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Security, job satisfaction, diversity and colleagues.
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Some people not suited to the role may find the job stressful at certain times.
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Having to deal with very different calls and various other agencies.Rewarding when you were able to help people, or directed them to other agency for help and advice.
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With the ever changing line management do to officers in post you continually have to educate and fight to make things better. Decisions are made based on how they will get their next promotion and if you speak out in support of Improving call handling and to suggest spend more money to improve quality of service your seen as obstructive. Heaven help you if your a civilian female who takes care of herself and has a voice!!!
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Police Scotland are good employers. I am currently on a temporary contract through an agency but they definitely include all of their employees in their circulations and treat you with respect.
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Don't bother! It's the worse job if you work for Police Scotland.Working South in England is mucgh better and you are treated much more fairly. There is a definite racial and sexist element to Police Scotland.
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Hard work, hard work, hard work! It all pays off though when you complete your final exam and pass out. The job is stressful and tiresome but worth it.
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While completing a weeks work experience with Police Scotland I visited all the different branches and got to learn more about the daily work routine of a police officer.
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I enjoyed working with police Scotland but felt that they didn't not look after me when I needed the help and support from them. Due to this I made the decision to resign and put my family first
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Was a serving officer for thirty years in various roles including management. Would thoroughly recommend anyone wishing a police career to pursue their ambition. Remember this is a vocation and not just a job.
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in the dark ages, very reactive organisation, no forward thinking or planning and very hierarchical, would not recommend it all to anyone, anyone good enough will get a better job elsewhere
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