Look, we all tend to moan about any job and there are many things to moan about being a police officer BUT when I stand back and look at my career with the MPS I have had such good times, met some fantastic colleagues and friends, achieved many successful outcomes and overall really had a varied and interesting job to do.
What job offers you such a variety of possible fields to work in? Local policing, traffic,boats, horses,dogs even helicopters. Running about chasing burglars and robbers over back gardens, helping an old lady who has collapsed at home or helping to solve a murder.
I seriously would heartily recommend the job as a police officer as literally most days you just cant predict what you are going to be dealing with - and that keeps it interesting.
In terms of benefits, there have been some changes recently because of the financial crisis so pensions are different, however, the whole package I still believe is good and even in these times of strict budgets, there is overtime if you are dealing with major crime or some other critical incident.
If you are thinking about doing it - go for it. Even if you did it for a few years and changed direction the experience of taking control of incidents, the public, making arrests and giving evidence at court will be valued elsewhere.
Camaraderie, getting justice for victims, making a difference to peoples lives
Dealing with some of the population of London!