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The Police Service has many different areas within the profession, which provide a wide range of occupations and career paths.

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Task A � Write an assignment explaining which jobs are available to operatives in one of the uniformed services. Include an investigation into the conditions of service for that uniformed service. The Police Service has many different areas within the profession, which provide a wide range of occupations and career paths. These include Police Officers that can work in many different areas and branches of the force, Special Constables who work alongside the regular Police but are completely voluntary, and the Police support staff such as secretaries, analysts and traffic wardens. Police Officers work in a wide range of departments, known as 'branches'. Each branch has a different role or purpose. The extensive number of branches includes: * Criminal Investigation Department (CID) * Serious Organised Crime Agency * National Crime Squad * National Criminal Intelligence Service * Force Intelligence Department * Drugs Squad * Fraud Squad * Specialist Operations * Anti-Terror Branch * Special Branch * Royal & Diplomatic Branch * Firearms Branch * Traffic Department * Air Support Unit * Public Order Unit * Mounted Police * River Police * Underwater Search Unit * Dog Handlers * Mobile Police Support Unit * Child Protection Team * Youth & Community Unit ...read more.


The rank structure starts from Special Constable and advances through Sectional Officer, Divisional Officer, Divisional Commandant, and finally County Commandant. The Police Service also employs a vast number of support staff including: * Analyst * Higher Analyst * Call Handler * Call Controller * Criminal Justice Administrator * Criminal Justice Manager * Crime Researcher * Front Counter Personnel * Librarian * Personal Secretary * Staff Officer * Lead Staff Officer * Traffic Warden * Traffic Warden Supervisor * Traffic Warden Manager Analyst and Higher Analysts provide support for police officers by collating and analysing information. They provide intelligence with the aim of detecting and reducing crime and to ensure and enable staff to produce effective information. Call Handlers and Call Controllers work in the call centres and communicate with officers via police radio or other methods. They respond to calls by informing the officers or units of officers specific to that emergency. The officers notified could be the closest or have the best experience in a particular field. Front Counter Personnel are located at the front desk of the police station and work like receptionists. ...read more.


Officers off work due to illness or injury are entitled to full-paid leave for the first six months of a year they are away and half-paid leave for a second months. If the officer is away for more than twelve months then the process is repeated, e.g. First six months is full pay, the second is half pay. Officers are also entitles to paternity or maternity support leave and leave if they adopt or foster a child. Officers are regularly tested on fitness tests during probation and throughout their career. Failure to pass them may lead to suspension until they are able to pass or dismissal. The Police Authority provides uniforms and equipment to officers without charge. Replacement items are also free of charge, and all items must be returned on leaving the force. Police officers automatically become part of the Police Federation upon joining the service. Officers may not join trade unions but, is already a member of one when joining the service, may remain a member with the chief officer's permission. Officers in the rank of constable or sergeant usually retire after thirty years service or upon reaching the age of fifty-five. Chief officers may increase this age to sixty if they see fit. Page 1 ...read more.

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