Police Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Police, or Police Officer works in partnership with the public to maintain law and order. Their primary duties include providing a visible presence to deter crime, conducting patrols to identify people and places at risk of crime and attending court meetings and other hearings. 


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Police duties and responsibilities 

The Police work closely with local businesses, schools, social workers, members of the criminal justice system, community groups, town planners, housing authorities and health trusts to provide assistance and advice to those who have been affected by crime. Their day-to-day duties and responsibilities include:

  • Acting sensitively while delivering news of sudden death and dealing with issues of sexual crimes
  • Preparing and submitting internal crime and criminal intelligence reports 
  • Responding to calls and requests from members of the public to assist in incidents and accidents 
  • Working alongside communities and liaising between individuals and groups to maintain peace
  • Ensuring peace in public meetings and events
  • Diffusing violence and ensuring the safety of all involved 
  • Conducting initial investigations, gathering evidence and taking statements from witnesses and arresting suspects
  • Interviewing suspects and victims while following the relevant legal requirements


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*Rota will include working Monday to Friday (up to 12 hours per shift in the summer). The summer work rota will include 50% of weekends. These hours are compulsory rather than optional* Control and monitor all aspects of range safety including future allocation and daily access/movement on/off of ranges. · Ensuring that NSC ranges are safe and suitable for general shooting and competition · Assess range safety with reference to all internal and external activities · Ensure all range bookings are plotted correctly and comply with Range Safety Rules and regulations by regular, recorded checks. · Liase with Range Control over safety board allocation and ensure all boards are deployed correctly prior to the commencement of shooting · Oversee NSC Range Clear procedure prior to commencement of shooting. This is complementary to DIO Range Clear · De-conflict Pirbright weekly program regarding their activities and access constraints. · Ensure an enduring supervisory presence is maintained on the ranges during shooting hours. · Schedule, control and supervise all movement of shooters on the range including falling back. · Assess all dynamic shooting templates and confirm adequate safety provision to HoRS. · Consistently monitor control communication and provide immediate response to incidents/emergencies and produce a written report detailing causes and remedial/corrective action. · Ensure safe conduct and practice within the Butts by regular visits. · Maintain the Incident Report Register, highlight and record lessons learned · Ensure members are complying to Bisley Range Regulations at all times and permissible firearm types are displayed within ranges. · Conduct checks of Membership and Shooter Certification Cards, ensuring entitlement and competency to shoot. · Liase with customers reference use of own targetry and record approvals given. · Confirm ranges are safe and suitable for continued use through a regular and comprehensive inspections in accordance with the issued program. · Conduct monthly range inspections in accordance with JSP 403 and in conjunction with DIO (Pirbright) where appropriate. · Provide support to Range Control, including signaling the commencement and cessation of shooting. · Maintain listening watch on communications system and relay messages as required · Ensuring maximum range capacity is utilized · Assist and advise reception/control staff as required · Advise on allocation of range space to “walk in” shooters ensuring compliance with Range Safety Rules and regulations. · Assist customers with enquiries and complaints · Observe and comply with Firearms legislation · Provide assistance to less able members to, and on, the range · Other duties as tasked by Deputy/Head of Range Services · Driving license · First Aid · Basic health and safety · Knowledge of firearms · Knowledge of ranges/range safety · Authoritative with the ability to make sound decisions under pressure · Composure · Flexibility · Punctual · Iniative · Pro-active · Moral courage · Honesty · Good communicator · Enthusiastic team player · Excellent organisation and communication skills Application deadline: 25/06/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Benefits: * Employee discount * On-site parking * Sick pay Schedule: * 10 hour shift * 12 hour shift * 8 hour shift * Holidays * Monday to Friday * Overtime * Weekends COVID-19 considerations: All customers to wear masks and staff daily temp checks

What does the Police do? 

The Police carry out patrol duties and investigate crimes through interviewing witnesses, suspects and victims and gathering evidence. They also maintain order by responding to incidents of public disorder, preparing crime reports, issuing traffic citations, conducting arrests and directing traffic. Police also assist at vehicle checkpoints, collision scenes and road-related incidents. They sometimes assist in criminal prosecutions and provide testimony and deposition in criminal cases. 


Police skills and qualifications 

Police personnel need a range of skills and qualifications to perform their duties effectively. Successful Police candidates will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:

  • Physical stamina to work on their feet for long hours and ability to use various police equipment 
  • In-depth understanding of the UK’s law enforcement principles and practices
  • In-depth knowledge of various interrogation techniques and crime scene management procedures
  • Interpersonal skills and organisation skills
  • In-depth understanding of the operating and judicial procedures, civil laws and constitutional laws 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Emotional stability, self-control and ability to make sound judgments under pressure 
  • Conflict resolution and problem-solving skills 


Police experience requirements 

While previous Police work experience is not essential, most law enforcement organisations prefer candidates who have worked with groups or individuals in the community, such as working with local youth groups or sports coaching. Candidates who have volunteered as a Special Constable or have volunteered in organisations such as the Volunteer Police Cadets often have valuable and relevant experience in the field. Candidates with previous military experience must prove that their retirement was finalised and they were honourably discharged. 


Police education and training requirements

Police candidates don’t usually need a degree to become a Police Officer, and the role is open to graduates and non-graduates. Depending on the candidates’ experience and qualifications, there are three routes they can take to qualify for a Police Officer position: completing the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), completing a two-year work-based training programme or obtaining an academic degree in professional policing. 

The PCDA takes three years to complete and requires candidates to obtain a level 3 qualification or equivalent work experience as a Special Constable. The two-year work-based training programme is paid for by the police force the candidate works for and includes off-the-job learning. Candidates who successfully complete the programme are awarded with a graduate diploma in professional policing practices. 

The three-year academic degree in professional policing is undertaken at a university before candidates can join the Police. However, completion of the degree doesn’t guarantee candidates a job, and they will need to apply for a Probationary Police Constable position within five years of graduation. 


Police salary expectations 

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary of the Police in the UK is  £27,998 per year . This figure varies depending on several factors, including their experience, education, location and the law enforcement organisation they work for. 


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Police job description FAQs


What's the difference between Police and Detectives?

Police protect property and lives. Detectives, who are often called agents or special agents, collect facts and gather evidence of crimes to discover the perpetrators.


What makes a good Police job description?

A good Police job description defines what is necessary for success on the job in measurable and clear terms. It includes competencies that turn your job description into a talent management tool and extends its use beyond the recruitment process. These competencies can provide a foundation for your development programmes, employee assessment and behavioural interviews. 


Who does a Police report to?

The Police typically report to the Chief of Police or Chief Constable.

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