Is 30 too old to seek to start a career as a policeman?

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No, you may want to consider becoming a special constable first though. Not sure where you live but recruitment is at a freeze in most places bar scotland.
No i have a friend who became a police officer in their 30's
No, 30 is not too old, however, I would be worried if the police did accept you OP, no hate
No. Age makes no difference. Experience up to now does though. And asayer is right with the freeze.

Please bare in mind. It's nothing like road wars.

You're treated like muck by the job and by 90% of the public you will interact with.

Even life as a special is nothing like a regular section cop.

I always tell folk its 95% bad times to 5% good.

The only difference is that the 5% good are unique and amazing.
Derby_Lad

No. Age makes no difference. Experience up to now does though. And asayer … No. Age makes no difference. Experience up to now does though. And asayer is right with the freeze. Please bare in mind. It's nothing like road wars.You're treated like muck by the job and by 90% of the public you will interact with. Even life as a special is nothing like a regular section cop.I always tell folk its 95% bad times to 5% good. The only difference is that the 5% good are unique and amazing.



and the good times make up for the bad! Hope you love paperwork!
Apply and find out.
Edited by: "DLM" 11th Jan 2012
whats a special constable?
Derby_Lad

No. Age makes no difference. Experience up to now does though. And asayer … No. Age makes no difference. Experience up to now does though. And asayer is right with the freeze. Please bare in mind. It's nothing like road wars.You're treated like muck by the job and by 90% of the public you will interact with. Even life as a special is nothing like a regular section cop.I always tell folk its 95% bad times to 5% good. The only difference is that the 5% good are unique and amazing.



good point. i am 21 and thinking about a career in the police force and when i told my mums mate she just looked at me in disgust and said i will have no friends. i personally don't have a problem with the police but a lot of people do for some reason.
You will have friends. But you will lose some people who think they are friends.

The ones who don't care and don't have issue are your real mates.
The only good folk you will meet, are 9% either victims of crime or you're delivering a death message.
If the civilian police aren't recruiting, remember there's always the MOD Police, the Civil Nuclear Police and British Transport Police, not to mention Customs & Excise.
Nuclear, btp and customs are frozen too.

Nuclear and btp have different pensions too.
NO, go for it at any age if thats what you want to do
kylewalker

whats a special constable?



One that needs a ramp and a carer to get over a fence to catch the crook.
Derbyshire constabulary are recruiting again now.

30 is too old round here though as most look about 12 especially our useless local pcso.
Has the Army never interested you? The reason I ask is the Royal Military Police take recruits up until youre 33, I spent 12 years in the RMP, work with most Cicilian Police Units, home and abroad and was considering civi police myself when i got out but fancied a whole new career path
kylewalker

whats a special constable?



Unpaid voluntary police, who actually have more powers than the PCSO's they seem keen to get on the beat as a visible presence.
Go for it. Good luck.

It's not too old but bear in mind what others have said - they're not hiring! The only way you would have a chance of getting in when they do hire is to be a special now. As for friends... it depends who your friends are! If they've nothing to worry about then what's the problem? However... how would your partner/children like it? There may be times you're supposed to be home at 4pm but you're kept on until 7pm and you miss that dinner/cinema/trip. Remember the shifts too... if you're not a good sleeper then perhaps shift work isn't for you! There's a lot of paperwork... if you're not organised, it could backfire on you and end you in a lot of trouble!
There's a lot to think of but if you feel you're right for it, there's no reason your age should stop you!
tinkerbell28

Don't join any military police unit. Just don't.



Out of curiosity, why?
I can only speak from experience................

Briefly,

Policing can be a very rewarding job but has some significant pitfalls and can be very stressful, especially in the early years when you are still learning the bulk of your craft. Also, some of the jobs you have to deal with can be very upsetting, particularly those involving death or violence, and as such not everyone is suited to this type of job.

As for 90% of people you dealing with being, ahem, "detritus", that's not really true, is it? Most, or certainly a large proportion of, people that I have dealings with (and I work in a very deprived area, certainly not a leafy suburb) have some form of respect for the Police. Unfortunately, this respect is sometimes eroded because the person involved may have had an encounter with a less-than-professional officer or perhaps has done something wrong and feels they should be let off with it and instead are prosecuted. Think of your typical aggrieved speeder or someone using their phone whilst driving for example.

Why not pop into your local Police Office and speak to the station sergeant and see if he/she can spare one or two of the shift, preferably younger in service officers, to have a chat with you to give a bit of a better overview of the type of work they do. That may give you a greater appetite or may make you consider something else as a career. Doing this could also be a stepping stone to perhaps becoming a Special.


Anyway, 30 years old is fine, although you won't be able to achieve a full pension in that time. Police value experience, especially gained in roles where you encounter the public, such as bar work upwards I suppose, so the more of that you have, or can quickly gain some experience in, the better.

Edited by: "scrumpypaul" 11th Jan 2012
harlzter

Out of curiosity, why?



Just
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From experience scrumpy. 90% is wholey accurate.
Try to get in as a Special - it will help your application when the job freeze is over. It will also give you some idea of what to expect. You have life experience which counts for you, so make sure you do not lose out in areas like fitness. Consider also what areas of policing you may like to specialise in and look into them. Your local force should produce an annual report - read it and make sure you know the Chief Constable's name if you go for an interview

Good luck if you go for it.
I dont drive would this be a problem?
No. But you must pass in 2 years. That's for full force.

Specials....I m not sure.
sleepingwonder

I dont drive would this be a problem?



Even if you dont join the Police, i would definatly learn. It will open up loads of job ops that you wouldnt get without a licence.
Speaking from a friend of mines experiences he has said,

Age wise you're fine
He says he loves the job for many reasons- i'll offer just a few perks........

Free breakfasts and coffee refills at mc'donalds
Free sex from any street hooker
Free cash from any known drug dealer
Free anger management courses( basically you beat the hell out of any homeless person when feeling stressed)
Free license to stalk any individual who has upset you (maybe at infant school 20 years ago)
Free entrance to a premier league match of your choice (with pay)

My friend says he loves his job!
Go for it, if you can sit in a car or behind a desk for your shift you`ll be fine medically. When was the last time anyone saw a bobby on the beat ?
Hooray henry.

You obviously have no idea. When one basic lock up costs you 6 hours paperwork. You don't have much choice. That's not to mention not guilty plea files, cps referrals, domestic risk assesement forms, burglary risk assesments, scene preservation, grow seizure, sexual offences liason, pol1 prisoner observation, and many other things that you haven't seen on road wars.

My shift, 4 when full strength. 120,000 public covered.

1 cop on cid attachment, leaves 3 which I operated at for 18 months.

Try parading on at 22.00hrs on a Friday with you and a sgt. Nearest back up is 10 minutes away in the city, but of course they're also thin on the ground.

Still think its all sky 1 and CSI Miami?
Derby_Lad

Hooray henry.You obviously have no idea. When one basic lock up costs you … Hooray henry.You obviously have no idea. When one basic lock up costs you 6 hours paperwork. You don't have much choice. That's not to mention not guilty plea files, cps referrals, domestic risk assesement forms, burglary risk assesments, scene preservation, grow seizure, sexual offences liason, pol1 prisoner observation, and many other things that you haven't seen on road wars.My shift, 4 when full strength. 120,000 public covered. 1 cop on cid attachment, leaves 3 which I operated at for 18 months. Try parading on at 22.00hrs on a Friday with you and a sgt. Nearest back up is 10 minutes away in the city, but of course they're also thin on the ground. Still think its all sky 1 and CSI Miami?



Lol you're Baffledsalmons other half ?
No. Just first hand experience instead of references to stereotypes and assumptions.
asayer

No, you may want to consider becoming a special constable first though. … No, you may want to consider becoming a special constable first though. Not sure where you live but recruitment is at a freeze in most places bar scotland.



I beleive in London they are recruiting, at least that what the Commisioner stated in a press conference last week.
Derby_Lad

No. Just first hand experience instead of references to stereotypes and … No. Just first hand experience instead of references to stereotypes and assumptions.



I don't think henry was being serious tbh.
also dont forget ..


loss of so called mates
loss of social life
free advice from members of the public .." who claim to pay my wages"
free abuse on duty and off
constantly reminded .. all coppers are bent..
endless " I know a man who" stories
getting accused of not catching real criminals when they get done for , speeding, no insurance., not tax.. or pick you choose of offence




Edited by: "dog_cop" 11th Jan 2012
Transit. Maybe so, but struck a chord. Long day...
Derby_Lad

Transit. Maybe so, but struck a chord. Long day...



Remember Henry pays your wages!
Derby_Lad

Hooray henry.You obviously have no idea. When one basic lock up costs you … Hooray henry.You obviously have no idea. When one basic lock up costs you 6 hours paperwork. You don't have much choice. That's not to mention not guilty plea files, cps referrals, domestic risk assesement forms, burglary risk assesments, scene preservation, grow seizure, sexual offences liason, pol1 prisoner observation, and many other things that you haven't seen on road wars.My shift, 4 when full strength. 120,000 public covered. 1 cop on cid attachment, leaves 3 which I operated at for 18 months. Try parading on at 22.00hrs on a Friday with you and a sgt. Nearest back up is 10 minutes away in the city, but of course they're also thin on the ground. Still think its all sky 1 and CSI Miami?



The only time I see the police is when they re in the Greggs queue ahead of me at lunchtime and have just bought the last warm sausage rolls. (_;)

On a serious note I believe in 3 strikes and your out,capital punishment and the abolishment of 99% of paperwork. oO
dog_cop

also dont forget ..loss of so called mates loss of social life free … also dont forget ..loss of so called mates loss of social life free advice from members of the public .." who claim to pay my wages"free abuse on duty and offconstantly reminded .. all coppers are bent..endless " I know a man who" stories getting accused of not catching real criminals when they get done for , speeding, no insurance., not tax.. or pick you choose of offence




Wow you are so on it. Thats exactly what I say & I am a law abiding citizen.
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