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Stressful but rewarding

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Officers are under a lot of pressure, have high workloads and constantly being dragged from pillar to post. Management are on your case all the time and there is a culture of shouty emails and telling off for falling behind (which is inevitable given the workload). The people in the organisation are incredible, and a credit to Policing.Uniform and kit is hard to come by, but of decent quality. Vehicles are of reasonable condition and fit for purpose. Double crewing policy is in place so safer and more sociable than some other forces.


Great people. Occasional satisfaction from the work completed.


Antisocial working hours, no work life balance, Management can be a bit oppressive (above inspector level), not enough officers, and dealing with utter grief every day
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Not what it was

I did 16 years in the job and to start with I loved it and in the end I hated it. The culture isn't for me and I was getting worried and concerned by the age of the people coming through.
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Used to be a great job, joined at a young age and sold a dream. Turns out it’s full of incompetent arrogant deeply dissatisfied people. Avoid at all costs if you have any self respect
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A crumbling bureaucratic, rudderless organisation

Unfortunately the core function of the role has been lost. Serving the public and the protection of life and property is no longer its key function. Public safety is very much secondary with political veil of competence is more important than protecting the public. Sadly after 25 years I wouldn’t rejoin nor would I recommend it to others.
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Quite stressful and long hours

Quite stressful and do not feel appreciated on times. Shifts can he hard when you have a family and hours are long. The feeling of not feeling appreciated can wear you down and make you feel quite anxious on times. On times though it can be rewarding when you have helped a member of the public and made them feel that bit safer.
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  • Ability to learn new things
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Draining and demoralizing

I have worked for south wales police for 30 years. What started off as a fun and exciting job has turned into a job that is top heavy with managers and bureaucracy and light on workers. Many of the managers don't know what they are doing and task you to do things they know nothing about. The pressures on a police officer today are immense. Police seem to be accountable for everything to anyone. The publics expectations are unrealistic and expect officers to go outside the law when no such law exists to deal with their particular issue. The support from within is poor at best with just a few caring individuals. I have been fortunate to have worked with some great colleagues over the years and still do. The most enjoyable part of the job, other than going home, is seeing someone brought to justice for their actions, but that rarely happens today.


Working unsupervised


Being retained on duty because they can.
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No two days the same

Over thirty years things are bound to change some for the better some not but as long as you are willing to adapt and adopt these changes overall an excellent employer.


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Shift Work
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Dont apply

Stressful, extremely difficult to have any family time. Rest days constantly cancelled for court/training/extra duties. You are 1 person trying be a robot,doing the job of 5 people. You have to love the job&want to help people. You quickly realise you are just a number & can be replaced quickly. No time to investigate anything thoroughly




Long hours, no work/life balance
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work life balance

If you intend to join the police force be prepared to work night's, weekends and bank holidays, also be prepared not to go home on time where you have planned a family or social event because


team effort


rest days cancellation
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Can be a very Poisonous place to work and bullying atmosphere

Retired after 26 years and can say i loved the roles and job i actually did as a police officer. However, the management and Hr and legal services are mentally bullying, no care for staff or officers, SMT need to be investigated by outside forces and independent organisations (IOPCC) or crime commissioner as they are just corrupt.


Proud to have supplied a service to the public


No support, no welfare support, no mental health support, Corrupt SMT and HR departments and Complaints department
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Could do better

As a police officer you are providing a critical front line role in the prevention and detection of crime. Promoting law and order, reducing the fear of crime amongst communities.


Pay and career progression, for some


Long hours, no work life balance not family friendly
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Something once held in high regard no longer worth pursuing.

In today's climate it is not a career worth pursuing. Pension has become worthless and other investement needed to create a viable secured future. Wage not representitive of the amount of work your doing. You can make the equivalent wage managing in mcdonalds. Risk management not adequte with todays culture. Disciplinary system very intrusive into personal life and does not respect privacy.
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Challenging and demanding role

South Wales Police is a regional police force. The role of a Police officer being a challenging and demanding job providing an emergency response to the public,upholding law and order through the detection, prevention and investigation of crime, engaging with members of the public and keeping the public safe.
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Too much emphasis on snowflake and PC issues and not enough on the real job at hand of protecting life and property and dealing with serious matters such as dwelling burglary and sexual offences.
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HArd and stressful work

Starting this role in the eighties, was a pleasure to serve the public. However, Govt cuts and additional pressures slowly but surely changed this role into one I would never recommend.


None any more


Stress beyond belief
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Rewarding Career

Dealing with members of the public daily Gained A1 Assessor qualification Strong Management Fun, rewarding, fast paced dealing with deaths helping


Helping people in need. Meeting different people from different backgrounds and cultures.


Long hours that impacts on your family.
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Good place to work and find new friends

Long hours and you are under pressure all of the time. Good pay. Have to work longer now to get your pensions. Have to work well into your 60s, which is not too good.


Meet good people


Long hours
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Very supportive colleagues

Working for the police is like having a second family everyone is there to help and support you . There are lots of different areas you branch off to and specialise in.


Good shift pattern.
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An excellent career

Everyday was different working for SWP as a police officer there were fresh challenges and it became a vocation in life. I learnt true values of working as a team and I was able to work alongside some great people
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Great work knowledge and skills

This is the perfect job to build your knowledge and work skills for future jobs. It will teach you about the laws, your customer service skills, how to handle difficult and hard situations. It will also teach you who you are as a person, to show compassion towards other people. It helps the community and it makes you feel you're doing something different.
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Modern Policing?

From a 'frontline' perspective, police management have gone far too much toward pleasing everyone except their own staff. Today's Political Correctness is stretched to include idiotic matters which reduce the effectiveness of those tasked with keeping law and order.




Modern managers
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Based on 82 reviews

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3.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.6 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.0 out of 5 stars for Management
3.3 out of 5 stars for Culture


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