- knowledge of public safety and security
- customer service skills
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of psychology
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- assessing intelligence information
- developing policing policies and tactics
- planning the best ways to carry out operations and investigations
- working closely with communities and professional partners
- managing staff performance
- reviewing law enforcement operations
- taking charge of the response to major incidents in your area when they happen
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work at a police station or in the community.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You can get more advice about becoming a senior officer through the College of Policing.