Is A Career With The Police Right For You?


There are so many different career paths that you can go down. For some people, the right choice for them is to go into the public service sector. More specifically, to join the police force. Now, this type of job has plenty of positives, but it’s not for everyone. If you are interested in law enforcement, consider the following to gage whether it is the right career path for you.

Do You Enjoy Being Tested?

A career in the police force is like one long and ongoing test. Before you join the force, you’re required to pass numerous tests to make sure that you are suitable for the job physically and mentally. When you succeed and get the job, the tests continue. You’re taught the proper procedures regarding how to act and given many problems to solve. In essence, being a police officer revolves around sound and effective problem-solving. Each day is different; a new challenge awaits you. If this sounds appealing to you, then you may have found your dream career. If it doesn’t, then the police force isn’t for you.

Do You Want A Job That’s Well Respected?

If you’re looking for a job that gets lots of respect, joining the police is perfect for you. It’s one of the most well-respected careers around because of all the good work you do. Police officers work to keep the peace and  help to rid the world of crime. If people see you and a fellow officer walking down the street wearing your police vests and hats, you gain instant respect. The uniform makes people stand up and take notice. Sometimes people come up to you and thank you for the work you do. It’s something you won’t experience in a typical desk job or other ‘regular’ careers.

Do You Want Lots Of Employee Benefits?

Being a member of the police force means you’re entitled to numerous benefits. Some of which include a pension and an early retirement option. You’re also provided with health insurance for you and your family. It is a job that comes with a lot of risks though. So weigh if these particular rewards outweigh the risks for you.

Do You Like Working As Part Of A Team?

Although no two days working on the police force are the same, one thing’s for certain, teamwork is key. You’ll always be working as part of a team, whether it’s a large group or with a partner. For people that enjoy being part of a team and like that environment, this is a great job. If you prefer to work alone and don’t perform well in a team, this probably is not a career to consider. You won’t enjoy a career in the police force if you can’t work well with and get along with other people.

After reading through this piece, you should now know if the police force is a possible option for you. Did you answer yes to all these questions? Then you may have found your true calling. If you answered no to everything, that is ok too as there are many other career options out there to consider.


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  1. Julie Waddell – Ontario, Canada – My experience as a generalist has provided me with great opportunities to see and learn from the good, the bad, and the ugly of HR. I is a big believer in personal accountability and the concept of “paying it forward”. Outside of HR, my priorities in life are my family, ensuring she is adequately prepared for a zombie apocalypse and consuming books, blogs, and dark chocolate.
    Julie Waddell says:

    Very interesting summary of some of the positive aspects of a career with the polie. I would also add that police, like other emergency response careers, is a lifestyle as much as it is a job. While you may not always be officially on duty, you are always a police officer. People are often surprised of the impact the career path can have on their lives.

    1. Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thanks for your insight Julie! 🙂

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