What are the essential skills you need to be a successful Police Officer?

Excellent people skills and the ability to engage with the public are definitely at the top of the list. I really enjoy getting out amongst commuters, rail staff and the general public on a regular basis to make sure they are confident in BTP and the service that we provide.

Having that personal connection with people is such a great thing. Seeing regular faces and greeting people on their way to or from work in the morning or as they set out on a night out makes all the difference in instilling confidence, knowing that you are friendly face and that they can approach you if they need your help. Building trust with those you serve is key!

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying, but struggling with or fearful of the application process?

Make sure you get yourself along to one of our recruitment workshops, which are usually run in the evening or on the weekend. This will give you an opportunity to understand exactly what is required, offer you guidance and an overview of the assessment process to make sure that you have everything you need to put yourself forward for the role.

Additionally, I would say, contact your local BTP police station and enquire to see if the officers there can give you a glimpse of their daily routine, what’s involved, and to see if this would be the right career move for you. It’s important to remember that policing is not always about the exciting incidents that we deal with, but it can also involve its fair share of paperwork. So please get in contact and let’s see if you’ve got what it takes to join BTP.

After successfully getting through the selection process, you started your training at our training school at Spring House, London. What was that like?

I honestly believe that training will be the best part of your policing career, because the friendships you make while you’re there will last for many years to come. This is your time to learn and build strong relationships with your colleagues and everyone is there to succeed. Make the most of it while you’re there, have an open mind so that you soak up all the knowledge around you and most importantly of all, enjoy it!

Has your career progressed at BTP? And have you been supported throughout the process?

The support from both colleagues and the Force has been tremendous without a shadow of a doubt, which is one of the things I most admire about BTP. There are so many opportunities available to you at BTP, and if you’re hard-working, dedicated and willing to progress, then the opportunities are limitless. You just have to put yourself out there, and go get it!

For example, I completed and passed my Sergeants exam while I was still in my probation period, having only served one month of my probation. I went on to become a temporary Sergeant and never went back to being a Police Constable, so if you want something, you can achieve it – all you need is hard work and a strong desire to succeed.

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