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This job can be extremely challenging and demanding but also supremely rewarding. The emergency calls dealt with range from deeply disturbing, to exhilaratingly exciting to hilarious/ mind-blowing and sometimes all of these within the same hour.There is always someone to refer to for the more complex situations but be prepared to constantly be alert, think on your feet and act immediately with confidence. Negatives - you will be micro managed within an inch of your life. On a 10 hour shift, you're entitled to a 45 min mealbreak and a couple of very quick toilet breaks. It is very full on with no downtime (except maybe towards the end of a busy nightshift). It can be very draining.Positives- there is no feeling like playing your part in saving someone's life or assisting your caller whilst they are experiencing the very worst moments of their lives. It can give you an enormous buzz and feeling of satisfaction. N.B being a radio dispatcher is unbearable at the moment. The volume of incidents you are expected to deal with is impossible for even the most experienced member of staff. If things go wrong, the results can be catastrophic for both members of the public and the dispatcher. The Organisation spout all the right platitudes but if things go wrong, expect to be in the firing line.
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Challenging, rewarding, time consuming

- Typical day - attend an examine all manner of crime scenes with the intention of identifying the culprit. Dealing with members of the public who have been victims of crime and providing them with a professional service. - I learn about people and how to provide individuals with a professional service in accordance with their specific needs and requirements. Learn more skills about the job everyday as each crime scene attended presents different challenges so I have to be dynamic, proactive and focused at all times. - I deal with all levels of management on a daily basis and am able to address or brief them in a confidant and professional manner. I have an excellent relationship with the management hierarchy. - Hardest part of the job can be dealing with un-savoury or gruesome incidents and tragic accidents. However working as a professional in a job of this nature I am secure in the fact that the job I do is vital in identifying what has happened and bringing offenders involved to justice. - The most enjoyable part of the job is knowing that I have made something happen, whether it be putting a stop to a crime wave that has been happening in a certain area or recovering a vital piece of evidence in a serious criminal inquiry. Knowing that I have gone above and beyond what is expected of me and getting results from this is extremely rewarding both personally and for the organization I work for.


Team work, different challeges everyday


Poor shift pattern, not a good work/life balance
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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Ability to learn new things
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productive , fun and outgoing

It was a brilliant experience, being a part of a youth team within the South Wales Police, organising seminars and presentations for the public and also trying to get sponsors for the Prince's Trust charity during the police open day.


good atmosphere, diversity and a laugh


travel, and later on other commitments came along so was no longer able to continue
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Busy, challenging but rewarding

The role was enjoyable in many aspects, the challenge of dealing with real time incidents, of helping people and getting the feeling that you were really making a difference to the people you were dealing with. The downside was that there were many times where you felt that you were working on your own with very little team interaction.


Free car parking, close to home.


having to wear an uncomfortable uniform
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A fantastic job that unfortunately has been depleted by government cuts all over the UK Provides lifetime achievements and experiences whilst making hew friends and colleagues. Extremely rewarding working with the public and providing a first class service.


Helping people and providing reassurance


Long hours, cancelled rest days, poor family-work balance
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Excellent Experience

helped me gain knowlegde of a possible career opportunity in the future and also got my knowledge of how that section of the police environment worked.


Knowlegde Gaining
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This was a work experience back in 2011. It was a great experience and it gave me experience and background to how the police force works. The experience was took part over a course of 5 days, within those 5 days I was able to see everything a police officer had to do. I was able to try on equipment and see how heavy the uniform was.
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Challenging job

Dealing with all aspects in the community. Team work was very important, as you are a public body and have to work together to resolve all issues in the community. Learnt a lot about different cultures and their standards. Hardest part I would say was not achieving your goals as there were some things which could not be resolved. Being part of a very large work force, facing new challenges and expectations, would probably be the most enjoyable and knowing that you made a difference.


Making a difference in the community


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A fantastic challenging professional environment

Review the list of scenes required to examine. These would be sent via the computer request system. Plan your day around this list. Attend the scenes as required. Carry out forensic exmainations of these scenes. Respond to incoming calls over the police radio as and when appropriate. Write and sketch comprehensive scene notes for use in Court. Securely send your evidence for further analysis to the relevant agencies.


Making a difference to the public.


Long shift patterns.
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General Police duties

Patrol duties,complete advanced driving and motorcycle courses. Deal with great variety of situations and members of public from various walks of life.Formulation and completion of identity parades via computer system,then create a stress free environment for witnesses/victims of crime to view completed parade. I had to deal with many stressfuls siuations where we had to help people who may have suffered a great trauma or loss such as a bereavement. However each day presented different challenges which at times could be very rewarding.
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Friendly work place

As an Administrative Assistant for South Wales Police I deal with minor traffic offences. During my time here I have learnt how to manage my time and how to prioritise my work load. My work place is a friendly environment and we all work as a team. The hardest part of my job is having deadlines and making sure my work is completed by those deadlines. The most enjoyable part of the job is having flexible hours.


Flexible hours
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Extremely interesting

Working with Foresnic Examiners on crime scenes. Attendance of a murder Postmortem Office/paperwork experience for preservation of evidence.


Very interesting


Placement only
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productive work place

It was a great experience to work with the police and the horses. Had a partner to work with thru the day, and we would firstly feed all the horses as required from the timetable then we would muck out each stable then feed and fresh water and bedding. We would then prepare with help from a mounted officer to get two horses ready for their duties by brushing and washing their legs then preparing their saddlery to a high standard. If there was no work to do on a quiet day we were lucky enough to go work with police dogs and take the puppies for a walk around training grounds.


working with horses and dogs


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Really enjoyed my working life with South Wales Police

I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with South Wales Police for the past 40 years. I believe that I have given excellent service to South Wales Police. I was a career detective for almost 30 years having dealt with High Profile cases.I have worked with large teams of Officers and have been part of small teams when dealing with one off cases.


the enjoyment of being helpful to members of the public and giving them a good service.


i have worked long hours for little reward but helping the public was my first prioity
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jobs for the boys

No police staff advancement, all the best paid staff jobs go to retired cops


flexible working hours


staff are just a number
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Fun and productive place.

This week of work experience was very good as i got to see an insight into the daily life of a police officer and the huge responsibilities that a police officer has to put up with.


team work abilities, work independantly
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Based on 81 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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