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About applying to become a Police officer, what are the requirements? Height, tests and anything else that are prerequisites before being accepted?

Also what is the standard training a police officer receives? In terms of self defence, procedures, Weaponry etc..

What specialist sectors can you get into?
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Have you tried reading this?

This BBC guide might help too
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Thank you for the BBC article, it was most informative! I had read the police could you website

I was wondering though, what are the specifics of training...like what weapons do you learn to use, and how much self defence? Also do you learn driving? Also what does all the theory entail?

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(Original post by the_man12345)
About applying to become a Police officer, what are the requirements? Height, tests and anything else that are prerequisites before being accepted?

Also what is the standard training a police officer receives? In terms of self defence, procedures, Weaponry etc..

What specialist sectors can you get into?
If you want to join the Met the main requirements are being black and/or gay. But not to worry, white officers are still admitted so long as they don't have an IQ over 65.
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If you want to join the Met the main requirements are being black and/or gay. But not to worry, white officers are still admitted so long as they don't have an IQ over 65.
Depressing true
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If you want to join the Met the main requirements are being black and/or gay. But not to worry, white officers are still admitted so long as they don't have an IQ over 65.
Actually the ones being fast-tracked the most are women. At one recruitment event they basically said that the Met has enough men (espcially white men). There are thousands in the system. The Met's recruitment policy is a complete joke as they are discriminating against the main bulk of potential applicants just to meet quotas. I am strongly against positive discrimination as it is both unfair and also means that the standard of the organistion falls.

(Original post by Juno)
This BBC guide might help too
That is a bit inaccurate. For a start it says that the reason for most candidates failing is the fitness tests. This is a load of rubbish . By far the most candidates fail the competancy questions on the application form. The fitness tests have been dumbed down to such an extent in order to allow more women in, that you have to be a complete slob not to pass.
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Hi the man,

Training really does differ from constabulary to constabulary, but the basics will stay the same.
You'll learn for around 6months, theory, hand to hand self defense how to take don and arrest suspects and how to use a police baton, hancuffs and CS spray etc.
You'll obviously have to learn about the law and this is a little bit intense.
But, things will be broken up into managable chunks and your driving course will commence within 9 months of starting. You'll do beat patrols, both in a vehicle and on foot and have a tutor constable who will guide you along the way.

Hope this helps
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i believe that at the moment they aren't actually taking anyone on.. so bummer to all the people who have gone through uni planning on being a police officer.
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i believe that at the moment they aren't actually taking anyone on.. so bummer to all the people who have gone through uni planning on being a police officer.
Some forces are still open and you can still apply, but the application process and wait is very long. Unless you are a female or gay.
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