Being a police officer can be challenging but varied. It can include:
Patrolling on foot, by car and bicycle.
Responding to calls from the public about crimes and incidents such as assaults, anti-social behaviour and disorder.
Carrying out initial investigations into crimes, gathering evidence and taking statements.
Speaking to and supporting victims of crime and witnesses.
Arresting people suspected of committing a crime.
Attending road crashes and dealing with traffic offences.
Attending community meetings.
Making sure public events, such as processions and demonstrations, go ahead peacefully.
Carrying out searches of people, property, vehicles, premises or land.
Helping to provide a reassuring presence in communities.
Investigating complex crimes using both the latest technology and traditional detection methods.
Gathering, recording and analyzing information to detect and prevent crime.
Preparing crime reports and presenting case files to senior officers and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Attending and giving evidence in court and other hearings such as inquests.