Pros: security of career, fairness in terms of wages and expenses, interesting elements to much of the work, able to take advantage of sponsored education and training, diverse and challenging at times.
Cons: shift work for many years - week-ends etc, pressures on family life through moving location and house often.
I did a variety of different jobs within the MoD Police depending on the location I worked at, The priorities of the location and the political climate at the time would help determine where the focus of policing delivery was set. For the majority of the 1980s I was heavily involved in helping maintain national security at RAF/USAAF sites such as Greenham – more... Common, where politically sensitive nuclear weapons were stored and the workforce was made up with foreign nationals in need of protection. During the 1990s I carried out a much more far ranging crime oriented role visiting multiple MoD establishments around the country, in response to criminal activity and community policing reassurance. from 2004 to 2006 I was more involved in intelligence gathering and armed policing. From 2006 until October 2012 when I I finished with the MoD Police, I became a specialist community police officer acting as a family liaison and courts and also took part in delivering road safety and drug awareness packages to schools and families. – less