Border force officer or police officer?

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Hi,
I have recently started a low paid job, however now after a long time of applications and waiting I have been offered a two positions one for border force as an officer and the other is as a police officer!
I am just wondering if anyone has any views or experience about either of these positions?
I hope to one day become an investigator within the NCA, which one if either would provide relevant experience?
Thank you!!
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It depends on which topic interests you most. The NCA deal with all sorts of different types of crime from Organised crime, Fraud, Drug trafficking, Slavery up to Border vulnerabilities. If you want to work with Organised crime you could apply to either a specialised drug squad with your force or work for drugs detection with the border force. If I was you I'd do some research into which topics interest you most.
https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk
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(Original post by Studentjobseeker)
I hope to one day become an investigator within the NCA, which one if either would provide relevant experience?
That really depend on what you'll be doing in BF?

You'll undoubtedly end up doing investigation at some point in the police, however you may only receive minimal training for that and no official qualification unless you're actually a detective. If BF have an official investigator role and you're in it, you'll be experienced and qualified, but if you're not in an investigator role you may not even get any experience?
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As a former police officer I strongly believe police officer is the best way to gain the relevant experience. Every single new recruit is PIP Level 1 trained which is a minimum requirement to become an NCA investigator. There are official qualifications without being a detective some you can earn before going out on the beat. I know a fair few forces where police officers are required to see their cases through every stage until its closed meaning a huge amount of investigation work. It’s no longer passed onto another department. Being a police officer will give you enough experience to be able to answer the NCA application form. You won’t necessarily need to be a detective to gain this. However if you want to receive specialist training in a certain area then you would need to go into C.I.D it really depends how much experience you want before joining the NCA. Prepare yourself for a long time consuming journey. You’re looking at 3 maybe 4 years minimum before you can even think about applying for the NCA. You’ll have much more opportunities with the police. Sorry my answer is a bit long.
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