It is also possible to join the Police at different levels - some complete a university degree before joining, and go on a fast track incentive career path, but it is not essential. Being a Police Officer is much more about personal quality than qualifications.
You need to be someone who enjoys challenges, and willing to work and study hard to learn the basic law and skills necessary for this demanding and crucial role.
Police recruitment is overseen by each individual police force, but the entrance exam is a national standard. This is referred to as the 'Police Initial Recruitment Test' or P.I.R.T in England. In Scotland it is the 'Standard Entrance Test'.
The role of Police Officer is a popular career choice and as such, it is mostly over subscribed so there is a useful guide for potential candidates at policerecruitment.homeoffice.gov.uk/police-officer/how-do-I-
This will help maximize the chances of success in joining the Police Force of your choice and help you with your application. It is compiled by serving and ex-police officers who have unique knowledge and experience with recruitment.
There is no doubt that this is a job that calls for individuals with unique skills and temperament. It involves shift work and can be dangerous and unpredictable, but it can also be extremely rewarding. It takes more than just exam results to be an effective officer of the law.