////////// I Am Just 18 Years – Where Can I Get Under 18’s Career Guide POLICE Can I Apply Now? Further Information? You can do so if you wish – but If you would like to find out more before you do, ask yourself the information about a career with following questions: the Police Service, please check out our websites at: Have I found out about what a Police Officer really does? www.leics.police.uk/careers Am I mature enough to cope www.policecouldyou.co.uk with injured people, drunks, vulnerable people, domestic Or alternatively please contact and traumatic incidents? the Recruiting Department at Leicestershire Constabulary Have I a wide experience of life? St. Johns If you have doubts, then it would Enderby be wise to wait a little longer. It Leicester is far better to take your time LE19 2BX now than be miserable or fail in a Tel. 0116 222 2222 Ext. 2657 job for which you later find you are not prepared, when a couple of years further experience might www.leics.police.uk have meant success. www.policecouldyou.co.uk At 18 you can consider joining the Special Constabulary to gain experience of what Police work is about, without committing yourself to it as a career at that stage. Do not worry about submitting an application the minute you have reached the minimum age. POLICE YOU STILL HAVE SOME TIME BEFORE YOU CAN APPLY – MAKE USE OF IT! ////////// ////////// ////////// Academic Qualifications Do not think that because there Knowledge of the Police Officers Job It is very important that you take ////////// Maturity, Common Sense & Knowledge of People A Police Officer has to deal with Work Experience The world of work is very Sports, Hobbies & Interests Police training includes physical are no set educational all possible steps to find out as people. You must enjoy working different from that of school or exercise, and you have to pass a qualifications for a Police Officer much as you can about the day to as part of a team and using your college and candidates may physical fitness test during the in Leicestershire Constabulary day work of a Police Officer. The own initiative. If you are going to benefit from some work recruiting process so keep up that you do not have to worry following notes are to give you be a successful Police Officer you experience. You could do some your sporting interests. about academic work. You will some guidance on how you might must be able to talk to all kinds voluntary work – for example need a good standard of English go about this. of people, and understand their helping the elderly, children or Each year 1000 to 1200 both written and oral. The ability problems. Maturity, by definition, charitable organisations. Also applications are received Read the brochures available to complete an academic course can only come with age, but you weekend or holiday work will from Leicestershire Constabulary for around 150 to 200 of study without giving up is can work at improving your help you to gain experience. Take Recruiting Department or your vacancies – so you will important and evidence of this knowledge and understanding, an interest in what is going on in Careers Office. Arrange to visit will be sought. which will help you mature. the world around you. Read a need to be keen, well your local Police Station and see good quality newspaper, and prepared and determined in At training school you will learn what goes on. You could also discuss your views with parents order to be successful with about the law and procedure. You make an appointment with your or friends. The most successful will be given further training local beat officer who will be able Leicestershire Constabulary. candidates will have at least throughout your career. That does to advise you. The following notes are to some full-time work experience not mean that we are only Do not rely on the fact that you behind them. give some guidance on seeking to employ highly have ”always wanted to be a what you can do to improve qualified academic people. police officer” to convince us that yourself as a candidate. we should take you. You will Even if you change your need to show that you have mind about a career, the made an informed decision, and have some knowledge of the job time spent will not be and the challenges it presents. wasted; you will have matured and developed as a person, and this will help you in whatever career you eventually decide to follow.