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There is no typical day at work as a Police Constable. Every day is different, bringing new challenges and opportunities to improve the lives of the communities we serve.
As a Dyfed-Powys Police Officer you may find yourself:
During your probationary period you will undertake the role of a uniformed officer. You will not be allowed to specialise until you successfully complete your probationary period and are deemed competent in the role.
You would normally work 40 hours a week on a shift system, which include nights, weekends and public holidays. Overtime is sometimes available.
After 26 weeks of employment, you will be eligible to submit a flexible working request and apply to work part-time. If 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, engaging and responding to public needs.
You will spend the first years as a student police officer (or probationer). Your initial training period at headquarters will be delivered by a dedicated training team for a period of 26 weeks followed by a tutorship at your allocated division. 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 will 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. There is an internal application process for specialist units and there is usually strong competition for places. Specialist areas include:
As a Police Officer you will also have access to the force’s Development & Assessment Profile which is a system designed to monitor and record the good work that you do.
As a police officer you will need to have: