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    Hello,
    I think that I have always wanted to be a business man and own a store of some kind. But I can never help to think that I would love to work within the police force, I mean I think I would love that job. So I’m 18 and I was planning on doing management at uni in September but I’m not sure.

    Is police life really as thrilling as I think? Or is it sitting in an office most of the day?

    If anyone is an officer and can give me some input that would be great.

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    Hello,
    I think that I have always wanted to be a business man and own a store of some kind. But I can never help to think that I would love to work within the police force, I mean I think I would love that job. So I’m 18 and I was planning on doing management at uni in September but I’m not sure.

    Is police life really as thrilling as I think? Or is it sitting in an office most of the day?

    If anyone is an officer and can give me some input that would be great.

    Cheers
    My brother-in-law has just recently joined the police and he thinks it's interesting and slightly 'thrilling.'

    You won't just be sitting in an office - that's just when you're interviewing potential suspects when they commit an apparent crime and fill in their paperwork.
    You will be patrolling the streets and prevent any crime that is to be committed by members of the public, with another officer (I think for safety reasons), also question any potential witnesses if a crime has been committed.

    Moreover it's a lot more challenging than other 'normal minded' jobs and involves a lot of confrontation when potential suspects try and resist their arrest, especially when they are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
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    Sounds fun, I'd do it
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    (Original post by BritishGirl)
    My brother-in-law has just recently joined the police and he thinks it's interesting and slightly 'thrilling.'

    You won't just be sitting in an office - that's just when you're interviewing potential suspects when they commit an apparent crime and fill in their paperwork.
    You will be patrolling the streets and prevent any crime that is to be committed by members of the public, with another officer (I think for safety reasons), also question any potential witnesses if a crime has been committed.

    Moreover it's a lot more challenging than other 'normal minded' jobs and involves a lot of confrontation when potential suspects try and resist their arrest, especially when they are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
    It does sound good. Might be a strange idea but I might do my degree then come back to the police idea later on maybe
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    My oldest grandson, 24, is in the Metropolitan Police and he loves it. He always wanted to be a policeman from when he was little and he has the job he wanted. It's not about sitting in an office all day. Every day is different, but like any other job, it has it's boring aspect, not least the paperwork.
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    I’m not a cop but I work alongside quite a few. As well as the regular ‘beat’ cops you could specialise in other areas (diving, firearms, traffic, royalty & VIP, cybercrime..) When I was at school I did my work experience with the Met in London, and if I hadn’t ended up joining the army I think I would have gone for the police. There’s a lot of paperwork, you have to hold yourself to high personal standards, and it’s not always as exciting as it looks on tv. Good luck.
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    (Original post by Anonman7)
    It does sound good. Might be a strange idea but I might do my degree then come back to the police idea later on maybe
    Yes you do have an option to do that.
    My brother-in-law did a degree 20 years ago and did some forensic work afterwards.
    I think those were the reasons why they picked him to do the job.

    Have you ever watched the documentaries '999 What's Your Emergency?' and '24 hours in Police Custody'?

    Those two programmes might give you an insight into working for the public sector, especially police work.
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