Our Force Area

Dyfed-Powys Police safeguard people living, working and visiting the Counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. It has a population of over 488,000, that is significantly boosted with tourists each year, and covers a land mass of over half of Wales.

The Force was formed in 1968 with the merger of the four County Constabularies. Geographically it is the largest police force in England and Wales, it has over 350 miles of coastline, many remote rural communities along with a number of relatively small centres of population that include Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Brecon. The area stretches from St David’s in the West across to Crickhowell in the East, up to Welshpool and Machynlleth in the North.

Our vision is 'Safeguarding Communities Together' and our overall ethos is to tailor the service we provide, with our partner organisations, to the local needs of our communities.

Work activities

During your probationary period you will undertake the role of a uniformed officer on foot or in a patrol car. You will not be allowed to specialise until you successfully complete your probationary period and are deemed competent in the role.

You will have a number of tasks to complete and full training will be given, these will include:-

  • responding to calls for help from the public
  • investigating crimes and offences, and making arrests
  • interviewing witnesses and suspects, preparing crime reports and taking statements
  • searching for missing people
  • giving evidence in court
  • going out to accidents and fires
  • duties relating to custody
  • working at the station reception desk dealing with the public
  • two-way contact with officers on the beat from the communications room
  • policing large public events, concerts and demonstrations
  • You will need to do paperwork to support the tasks you have been given

Working hours and conditions

You would normally work 40 hours a week on a shift system, which include nights, weekends and public holidays. Overtime is sometimes available. You can also apply to work part-time, however this is not possible during your first YEAR of training. If your application to work part – time or flexible working is approved your probationary period will be extended to reflect the reduction in hours.

You will spend much of your time outdoors on foot or in a patrol car. You will have some duties indoors, for example at the police station, the courts, or at private or business locations. However the priority is visible policing and engaging and responding to public needs.

Training and development

You will spend the first years as a student Police Officer (or probationer). This period is part of a Police Education Qualification Framework programme (PEQF) which is designed to fully equip you in the role of Police Constable. The programme covers many aspects, such as policing skills, legislation, investigative methods, community partnership working, digital policing, evidence based policing, roads policing and many more and will now include an academic element which will be supported via the University of South Wales.

You will be supported and developed throughout the probation period and your skills and knowledge would be continually assessed during this period. After successfully completing your probation, you would be awarded the rank of police constable and achieve either a Degree in Professional Policing Practice or a Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

After becoming a Police Constable, you could apply to specialise in a number of areas, for example:

  • CID
  • Fraud
  • Traffic
  • Drugs
  • Firearms
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Dog handling

There is an internal application process for specialist units and there is usually strong competition for places.

Skills, interests and qualities

As a Police Officer you will need to have:

  • honesty, confidence, social awareness and a responsible attitude
  • the ability to assess a situation, react quickly and take positive action
  • resilience
  • the ability to remain calm in sometimes life-threatening situations
  • the ability to work alone and in a team
  • strong communication skills
  • courage, initiative and common sense
  • good fitness levels
  • good literacy skills
  • a firm but tactful approach
  • the ability to show tolerance and courtesy to the public
  • self-discipline
  • the ability to give and receive instructions
  • knowledge of the law