Not for those with a family
I transferred to TVP from the MET police. I was sold a job role that was not as described. I moved to be closer to home to spend more time with the family with a better shift pattern. The shift pattern was going to change, but I was not informed of that. There is a significant feeling of being "just a number"
On a typical day, you will start with a briefing and be allocated a call-sign and given assignments handed over from the shift before. You will need to balance these assignments along with a workload that is already building, attempting to investigate crimes. On top of the work load and assignments, the radio controller will allocate you to people who have called 999 or 101 requesting help. It's a big juggling act and if your time is managed right, can be achieved, but many struggle.
The shift pattern consists of 6 days on (2 earlies, 2 lates, 2 nights) then 4 days off with 1 weekend a month off. If you have children at school, you will miss alot of time with them, If you have a partner working mon-fri, you will miss time with them. The days are long and do not get appreciated for the sacrifices made.
As a police officer, you will constantly feel under staffed with not enough help to share the workload and support when needed.
The officers you work with make the job worth while, you will make friends for life and you're colleagues will be the only support you have.
The role can be rewarding and for a single, young person with no commitments, it can turn into a good career
The people you work with
Long hours, poor shift pattern, high work load, constant criticism