Police Service

How to become a Police Officer


In this flyer I will be looking at what is needed to become a Police Officer.

  • There are no minimum or maximum height requirements
  • There is no formal educational requirement, but you will have to pass written tests
  • You must be either a British Citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Although you may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions, there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible. If you are at all unsure, contact your chosen force for more information
  • You must physically and mentally be able to undertake police duties

  • One of the most rigorous elements of our screening process is the physical fitness training. Because our officers must be able to move quickly while carrying a lot of heavy equipment, they have to be in pretty good shape.

    Most of the time, the challenges you will face on the job will be mental rather than physical, requiring you to understand what makes people behave as they do, and to use that knowledge to form strong policing skills. But sometimes you will find yourself in situations where physical ability and quick reactions could save your life, and the lives of others.

    Police officers receive very competitive pay and benefits packages. Rates of pay vary by force, generally starting at an annual rate of around £23,000, and rising with each year of experience. Officers in some forces receive additional allowances to complement their salary.

    If you become a police officer you can expect:

    • a flexible working schedule
    • paid over-time
    • a minimum of 23 days annual leave
    • fully paid sick leave