british police force

conditions of service

basic salary

the basic salary for a poloce officer is £23,259 a year and after 5 years it's £31,032.

the purpose of the police

  • to prevent crime
  • to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law
  • to keep the Queen‟s Peace
  • to protect, help and reassure the community
  • to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgement.

holiday entitlement

minimum of 23 days.


flexible working paid overtime.

retirement age

60 years up to rank of chief inspector.


national police pension scheem, 9.5% of salary paid in and full pension after 35 years.

sick pay

paid sick leave available.


paid maternity and paternity leave provided.

length of service

no fixed length.


anywhere within the force area.

shift patterns

varies from force to force. may be 2 days, 2 evenings, 2 nights and 4 days off or similar.


40 hours.

staff development

trainig allowance given in some forces to fund training relevant to role. ongoing internal police training available throughout career.