Police Service Jobs
Working for the police is an interesting, varied and challenging job. You will be called upon to deal with all sorts of emergency situations from RTCs (road traffic collisions) to burglaries and from complex crimes to supporting victims. It is a valued job where often you will deal with sensitive situations and members of the public that might be affected in many ways.
The modern police service covers a broad variety of work. Part of its work is re-active in sorting all sorts of problems (criminal or sensitive). But a big part of the police service job is to assist and communicate in local situations in the community, from schools to all sorts of voluntary organisations. Your tasks might include education and help people and organisations understand their individual situation and prevention.
And to be able to do all this you will be training continually, be educated in theory and get plenty of practical experience. You can imagine that the job can be very demanding, both physically and mentally. But no two days will be the same and your contribution will be valued by the community.
Depending where you live there will be different forms of employment or other involvement with the Police Service. A career could be wholetime, part-time or voluntary. You can do general frontline work, specialist work, support communities, or work in a supportive job like analyist or call handler. So there is a wide range of jobs to do: (uniformed) police officers, troopers, sheriffs, constables, rangers, peace officers and so on. There are various parts in the service you can work: custody, traffic, criminal investigation, auxilary, military and all sorts of specialized units. Note that different countries have different titles for the same law enforcement job or split duties and workload in a different way.
The job can be full-time, part-time and you can even work in a voluntary capacity, for example in the UK as a Special Constable. These are trained volunteers that work with and support their local police force. You can be an accountant, builder or bus driver... as long as you have a minimum number of hours available you can be part of the vital link between the police and your community.
The actual recruitment process will take place in several steps: initial application, psychological tests, physical tests, one or more interviews, a medical and finally references will be required. It can be competitive environment, so if you like a job as a Police Officer you best prepare as well as you can.
There are a variety of web sites which will help you in finding a job and prepare you for the process - police-recruitment.com