Arv (Current Employee) – Rugby, Warwickshire – 7 July 2018
Think very carefully about this role and speak to officers before deciding. I have been an afo at Rugby for nearly 10 years and it is the worst it has ever been. There is a reason why we cant recruit and retain staff. We had 70 + afos 5 years ago and are down 28.
The role profile is extremely woolly and you end up being a "county broom" to clear up the Storm list at the will of local sergeants and inspectors. You have little protection and support from anyone other then your direct supervisors. You will be hated by everyone from controllers to probationers and be expected to deal with everything. Your job profile will be local policing Arv rather then an operations officer.
My experience of the tfcs are that there is a reluctance to authorise anything. A few are fine the others are not so.
Arv numbers are that low getting leave can be an issue but on the positive side there is plenty of overtime opportunities.
Communications Officer (Current Employee) – Shrewsbury – 17 June 2018
A very rewarding job with good rates of pay however it’s an extremely stressful environment at times. There is very little back up from the management if and when things go wrong despite their claims.
It’s very hard to get annual leave and time off despite other departments being allowed higher numbers of staff members being off at any one time.
The working environment is pleasant and the colleagues are great to work with, there is definitely a commarardery amongst the staff however moral is pretty low due to major staff shortages and threat of redundancy.
The job is fulfilling, you get to speak to some great people and work along side some fabulous people but management really don’t seem to care about their staff.
Police Support Volunteer (Current Employee) – Telford, Shropshire – 7 June 2018
Helping with AntiSocial Behaviour issues call backs for the harmed Unit. I started in 2015 at the Police Station. I have learned about hate crime, acid attacks, sexting, modern day slavery, human trafficking, internet scams, action fraud, racism. I read unpleasant reports about anti social behaviour, it helps to be able to read between the lines. Have a logical mind. I have done this for two and half years and I am now going to do Safer Road Antisocial Behaviour issues, and I volunteer for fund raising for K999 OAP Retirement dog fund. We have a good line manager / Sergant. He always keeps us up to date. I work amongst police officers and staff and other volunteers. Its great to help someone and show them you care. The hardest part is probably not being paid, but I love to volunteer and it pays me in many ways, like experience and it is giving me confidence as I have been out of work for a long time. Diverse cultures.
Response Inspector (Current Employee) – Telford – 23 April 2018
Policing is complex and not always glamorous. Every day presents new challenges. However, it does offer a genuine opportunity to make a positive difference.
It takes a certain type of person to make a good Police Officer. You don't have to be the brightest, strongest or quickest, but good communication, decision making and problem solving skills are a must.
There are many different avenues to take as a police officer e.g. Response, Local Policing, CID and major enquiries, Firearms, Traffic etc. and there are promotion avenues through any of these.
There is a strong emphasis on continual improvement. Whilst this may sometimes be driven by the media's often over critical focus on perceived failings, there is a genuine organisational culture to be better.
The equipment that we are given to work with is sometimes far from the best - particularly ICT. However, Police are adept at making things work to their advantage.
I have spent Thirty years in the role. I've had the full mix of good and bad days and there have been occasions when I've questioned staying, BUT... - Do I still like my job working for West Mercia Police - 'Yes', and - Am I proud to tell people what I do for a living - 'Very much so'.
Can be a very rewarding job particularly in being able to make a positive difference for people.
It can at times be very frustrating, when things unfortunately go wrong it can make for a really bad day at the office.
Planner (Current Employee) – Worcester, Worcestershire – 11 September 2017
Good place to work. Good prospects. Good work colleagues. Variation of jobs and experience. Depending on role thar you carry out good wages. Very disciplined emoyer but necessary for roles that are carried out.
Great office with dedicated staff, however huge turnover and bad management. Everyone is always working over their hours, this is expected as the normal now which is a shame for anyone who has other commitments outside of work. Very much geared to career people only with little room for people who just want to come in and do a good job without getting involved in politics and pushing their way to the top.
Annual leave entitlement, maternity leave, flexi time
Police Community Support Officer (Current Employee) – Bedworth, Warwickshire – 24 January 2017
On a daily basis I am assigned a number of jobs that relate to issues within my local community. This can be from investigating and resolving a neighbour dispute or attending meetings at schools to teach children about safety. I learn new things everyday, as I spend most my time at work engaging with the public, local officials and governing bodies. I have learnt to be a better communicator, investigator and my work ethic has improved a great deal. The police force is a great environment to work in, everyone works as a team and are always there to help if needed. The hardest part of the job can be the issues we sometimes come face to face with, this can often be emotionally testing however it has made me a stronger person. The most enjoyable part of the job for me is making a difference and helping people.
Cadet (Current Employee) – Redditch, Worcestershire – 9 January 2017
Cadets is a well run scheme with enthusiastic team leaders. It encourages team working, independent leadership and lateral thinking. It is an excellent way of seeing if the police is a possible future career.