Police Officer (Former Employee) – Southampton – 30 August 2018
With the government slashing budgets and police officer numbers, they failed to realise that crime would continue as normal.
Despite being warned that #cutshaveconsequences the cuts were made and the remaining officers were expected to pick up the slack with cancelled rest days, longer working days (not uncommon to work 16-17 hour days) etc. meaning that victims of crime didn't , and still don't, receive the response they should be entitled to and expect.
long hours, enforced overtime, risk of violence, high workload
Manager (Former Employee) – Portsmouth, Hampshire – 13 June 2018
A good environment to work in, lots of opportunity’s to move to other roles through internal vacancies. Facilities are good. Sites are having canteen facilities added and in some parts there are gyms available to use free of charge.
Investigation Sergeant (Former Employee) – Southampton – 31 May 2018
No day at work was the same, I learned how to deal with people and manage a team. The job was challenging as demand was high and resources did not always match demand. The most enjoyable part of the job was managing and developing team members
My first role outside of the military. Exciting and new as well as being a culture shock transiting from the military to a civilian culture. I enjoyed managing teams and carrying out investigations into volume crimes. Got a good feeling once a successful investigation lead to a conviction and restitution for the victim of crime.
Given a "blank canvas" to set up the crime desk at Portsmouth
Us and them culture between some Police officers and civilian staff
Identification Operator (Current Employee) – Aldershot – 22 February 2018
I have learnt how to use different IT equipment , databases and programmes during my progression in the Constabulary throughout the years. Feels like working for a "family", lots of laughs during downtime. There has been no hard part of the job as all roles I have worked in have been thoroughly enjoyable and some even challenging, which suited me well.
Police Officer (Former Employee) – Southampton – 1 February 2018
Despite increased demand, greater public scrutiny, reduced numbers etc everyone tries hard to pull together and deliver the best service they can to protect vulnerable people. Great support from colleagues. Plenty of training opportunities, if you want them.
Police Community Support Officer (Current Employee) – Farnborough, Hampshire – 19 January 2018
That's what the role of a PCSO is. There is no typical day because you just cannot expect the unexpected. Every day is different and challenging. Resilience is a key attribute to have in this job as well as a respect and understanding for diverse members of our community.
The most enjoyable part of this job is having the freedom to manage your day (unless a priority call takes over) and the ability to have an impact on people's lives.
The hardest part is not being able to please ... most people. Resilience is key.
Can be a difficult working environment, down to the potential nature of the work.
Police Officer (Former Employee) – Hampshire – 18 August 2017
The job "advertises" itself as no two days being the same, which it generally achieves without trying. It taught me a lot, in dealing with people from differing backgrounds in often difficult circumstances.
Career opportunities, varying roles
Can involve extended woking hours at short notice, Big expectations from Public, Expectations that should often be met by other agencies, which are not Police areas.
Police Controller/Dispatcher (Former Employee) – Southampton – 17 August 2017
Initially enjoyed working for Hampshire Constabulary however over time with the constant cuts in budget it became an unsatisfying place to work. The staff were excellent and great team ethics in the depts I had worked in but the overall culture is now stretched.
was employed for 30 years, a good job if you can handle the pressure
Police Constable (Former Employee) – Aldershot, whitehill, Alton, Cosham and Romsey – 13 March 2017
This job was very rewarding in many aspects, helping members of the public, getting on with everyone you meet, treating everyone the same, getting each and every job done satisfactorily that you dealt with and ensuring that those that needed to be taken to court where dealt with in a fair and honest way. There were different aspects of being a police constable, that ranged from dealing with drunks and violence in the evenings, to taking statements from aggrieved persons to more sombre moments ie deaths, I won't dwell on this point, but it was and still is a fact of life (no pun intended), in all if you feel the need that you want to help society, to help It run smoother and are willing to accept all the I thrown at you, this is a worthwhile job.
good pay, good working relationships, excellent pensio benefits
can work long hours, you won't be every ones friend, will be critisized at times, even tho you might think you are doing the right thing.