Police Officers - Police Service of Northern Ireland
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is inviting applications from people who wish to become Police Officers.
As a Police officer you will undertake a wide range of activities on a day-to-day basis. You will learn how to:
• Gather and submit information that has the potential to support law enforcement objectives
• Provide an initial response to incidents
• Arrest, detain or report individuals
• Conduct priority and volume investigations
• Interview victims and witnesses in relation to priority and volume investigations
• Interview suspects in relation to priority and volume investigations
• Search individuals and their personal property
• Carry out systematic searches of vehicles, premises and open areas
• Manage conflict
• Provide initial support to victims, survivors and witnesses and assess their need for further support
• Present evidence in court and at other hearings
• Identify, monitor and respond to community issues
Police officers are expected to display six core personal behaviours, outlined below. If you progress to the Assessment Centre stage of the application process, you will be assessed against these personal behaviours. Please take the time to read and understand them.
Police officers must gather, verify and assess all appropriate and available information gaining an accurate understanding of situations. They must consider a range of possible options before making clear, timely and justifiable decisions. They review the wider impact of decisions in the light of new information and changing circumstances balancing risks, costs and benefits. Police officers must also exercise discretion and apply professional judgment, ensuring actions and decisions are proportionate in the public interest.
Openness to change
Police officers must be positive about change, adapting rapidly to different ways of working and putting effort into making them work. They should be flexible and open to alternative, innovative and creative approaches to solving problems. Police officers often find better, more cost-effective ways to do things, making suggestions for change and putting forward ideas for improvement.
Police officers understand the organisation's objectives and priorities and how their own individual work fits into these. They must be able to plan and organise tasks effectively, taking a structured and methodical approach to achieving outcomes. Officers are required to manage multiple tasks by thinking things through in advance, prioritising and managing time well. They must focus on the outcomes to be achieved, working quickly and accurately and seeking guidance when appropriate.
Police officers act fairly and with integrity, in line with the values and ethical standards of the Police Service. They take ownership for resolving problems, demonstrating courage, respect and resilience in dealing with difficult and potentially volatile situations. Police officers act on their own initiative, showing a strong work ethic and demonstrating extra effort when required. They are required to uphold professional standards, act honestly and ethically and challenge unprofessional conduct or discriminatory behaviour. They ask for and act on feedback, learn from experience and develop their own professional skills and knowledge. Police officers remain calm and professional under pressure, defusing conflict and are prepared to step forward and take control when required.
Serving the Public
Police officers must demonstrate a real belief in public service, focusing on what matters to the public and will best serve their interests. They understand the expectations, changing needs and concerns of different communities and strive to address them. They must build public confidence by talking with people in local communities to explore their viewpoints, share what they are doing and break down barriers between them. Police officers welcome being held to account and understand the impact and benefits of policing for different communities, and identifies the best way to deliver services to them. Police officers will work in partnership with other agencies to deliver the best possible overall service to the public.
Working with others
Police officers work co-operatively with others to get things completed, willingly giving help and support to colleagues. They are approachable and develop positive working relationships and in explaining things well, focus on the key points and talk to people using language they understand. They listen carefully and ask questions to clarify understanding while expressing their own views positively and constructively. Police officers persuade people by stressing the benefits of a particular approach, keeping them informed of progress and managing their expectations. Officers must treat people with respect and dignity, dealing with people as individuals and addressing their specific needs and concerns. They should be courteous, polite and considerate, dealing with people fairly and without prejudice regardless of their background or circumstances.
We are looking for candidates who meet the criteria below.
• Age: Applicants must have attained the age of 18 years and be no more than 57 on appointment.
• Nationality: Applicants must be eligible to work permanently in the UK.
• Education: Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*- C grade, including Maths and English Language.
• Computer Literacy: Applicants are required to have a level of Computer Literacy, in order to effectively perform their role as a police constable. The specific IT skills required in the role of a Police officer will be tested at different stages of the recruitment process.
Method of application - please click on the link below.
Applicants can complete their online application from Monday 1st October
Applications will close at 12 noon on Friday 19th October.