A career in policing is mainly about one thing: working with people to ensure public safety through crime prevention and law enforcement. Police work requires that a constable be able to build relationships with the community.
The four key responsibilities for a police constable:
- Preserving the peace;
- Preventing crimes and providing assistance to others in their prevention;
- Assisting victims of crime;
- Apprehending and charging offenders and executing warrants.
In addition, a police officer is responsible for:
- Referring individuals to community services and agencies;
- Educating the public.
- Applicant must be willing and able to work shift work.
Police work is demanding. A police constable must work shifts; days, evenings, nights and weekends, at all times of the year. This is not a job that everyone will like or can do well. Anyone who has a strong interest in becoming a police constable, and who feels that he/she meets the qualifications is encouraged to apply.
For people who are really interested in serving the needs of the community, police work is rewarding. The job is very challenging. Whether you are dealing with the security concerns of a store merchant, talking with an elder or befriending a group of local kids, you will find that a police constable bears a great deal of responsibility to the community. Fulfilling this responsibility will give you a sense of accomplishment and the confidence that you are making a contribution.