Police Service UK

Police Officer

Police Officer Job Roles Info

Police officers work in partnership with the communities they serve to maintain law and order, protect members of the public and their property, prevent crime, reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life for all citizens. They use a wide range of technology to protect individuals, identify the perpetrators of crime and ensure successful prosecutions against those who break the law.


Key priorities for the 52 police forces in the UK include maintaining public order through combating organised crime, countering the threat of terrorism, and acting against antisocial behaviour.


Police officers work closely with members of the criminal justice system, social workers, schools, local businesses, health trusts, housing authorities, town planners and community groups to provide advice, education and assistance to those who wish to reduce crime or have been affected by crime.


The work of a police officer is both challenging and diverse. A variety of specialist roles are available to constables who have completed their probationary period and their Diploma in Police Service Leadership and Management (Scotland), their Higher Education Certificate in Policing (Northern Ireland), or their Diploma in Policing (England and Wales).