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Police force entry advice

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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
Hey all, I'm thinking of applying to join the police force, having recently finished A Levels.

I would be looking to apply for the high potential development scheme when it reopens in April (I believe)...

However I have a bit of a dilemma. The high potential development scheme isn't just for graduates. However I'm not sure if in the long run I would be better going to uni, getting a degree and then applying- for example if in 5-10 years I wanted a career change.

Then again, I also question whether I want to go to uni just for the sake of going. I wouldn't be going with a specific career plan in mind (not in relation to the degree course anyway) and I wouldn't want to come out with a very general degree that ultimately might do be little or no good.

Any thoughts?
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
I thought this was going to be about Police forcing entry............. lol!!
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Iom-RF
I thought this was going to be about Police forcing entry............. lol!!


trust you!!!!! :giggle: :whistling:
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Are you worried that without a degree you won't progress in your career as quickly as those with degrees? I don't know the answer to that but it might be a good question to ask the police recruitment people.

If you don't go to Uni now many public bodies such as the police have schemes where they fund uni courses later in your career. I'd be very hesitant about doing a 3 year degree course when you don't particularly want to be there.
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Iom-RF
I thought this was going to be about Police forcing entry............. lol!!


And me! Got all excited and everything. :oops:
#5
If you want to join in April.

Sign yourself up as a special now. Get yourself known. Seem keen and learn as much as you can. If you get chance to attend any police functions do, if you here of any ask if you can attend.

This is not my advice it is from my dad who was a policeman for 30 years. This worked for my friend Jimmy who is now a police officer with Notts Police.

Now my 2p's worth. If thats what you want to do there is no point going to uni it wont get you any further with this job. Dont think you will miss out on uni life as I just visited my mates at the weekend at uni and became a student for the weekend. They are now all £20k in debt and I have £20k in the bank.

Good luck with what ever you decide to do. (At least you know,most people dont at your age)
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GAVINLEWISHUKD
This worked for my friend Jimmy who is now a police officer with Notts Police.


A brave man he is. God rest his soul.
#7
JDeal
A brave man he is. God rest his soul.


Over 3 years now and still alive. Did wonder why his favorite film is the matrix!
#8
Thanks for all the replies guys.

Think I may have come up with a solution, apply now, and defer entry until I know whether or not I am on the high potential development scheme.

Apply for uni anyway, if im not successful getting onto the scheme, then chances are I will go to uni.

Would probably be silly not to apply to uni as a back up anyway, as if I got rejected from the police, and wasn't in the UCAS system I would have no uni options.
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Iom-RF
I thought this was going to be about Police forcing entry............. lol!!


me too .. & thought its something to do with Maddy :giggle:
#10
I looked at joining the police (still might :)) and a degree will give you the option of fast track promotion. So if you are looking for the promotions I'd reccomend going to Uni

Just remember the degree can be in ANYTHING so do something easy, not because you think it looks good, I did law at degree level, was way out of my depth and bored to death by the subject even after doing it at a-level and ended up dropping out. My gf did a mickey mouse course (film and media - sorry for anyone who has this) but now has a degree and if she wanted could get fast track in the police
#11
Either way, I think you still have to do the 2 years on the beat, so why don't you just go for it now, and if you were to compare, you would have got 3 years service in by the time you were due to finish your degree, and after the 2 year probation, you generally get the chance to choose what you want to specialise in.

Good Luck in what you go for.
#12
Im trying to get into the community police but their are no vacancies in my area just in central london -- police force is a toughy to get into

if you want to get into the police be a community cop for a year its much easier to get in then -- plus like 24k a year

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