North-east encouraged to step up for career in police

Ellon Police Station
Ellon Police Station

Police Scotland in the North-east are looking for new recruits to join the team.

Aberdeen City Division and as well as Aberdeenshire and Moray Divisions of Police Scotland currently have posts for Police Constables.

Some of the duties of the job include dealing with the community, searching people, premises and vehicles, as well as interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses, taking statements and making arrests.

PC McShane joined as a Police Constable last year after he was attracted to the fact that it wasn’t a normal 9 to 5 post.

He said: “My big tip to anyone interested in applying would be to take it seriously and do your research into what the role entails.

“It’s not always about arresting people - dealing with the community is a big part of the job, preventing crimes as well as detecting them.”

Officers start off as a probationary officer for two years, which will see them spend their first three months at the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan near Stirling before being posted to local police offices.

Recruits can expect a starting salary of £23,493 rising to £26,223 after finishing 31 weeks of training.

After the two years, the salary goes up to over £27,000.

Recruitment Inspector Irene Coyle said it is a hugely rewarding career with chances to specialise in different areas.

She said: “After a few years there is also the option to study for the police diploma which is the first step towards being eligible for promotion.”

Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of appointment, have a full UK driving licence and fitness and eye sight standards to meet.

With no upper age limit, mature candidates with life experience and applicants from school or university are encouraged to apply.

For more information or to download an application form, visit the website at www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment.