Police Officers (Sergeant and Below)

Police officers (Sergeant and below) co-ordinate and undertake the investigation of crimes, patrol public areas, arrest offenders and suspects and enforce law and order. Officers of the British Transport Police operate within the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.


New workers

New workers start around £27,793. Normal pay is £43,243 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £54,495.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 133,794 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Gives evidence in court cases.

  • Works on station reception desk and or in communications room.

  • Prepares briefs or reports for senior officers.

  • Attends accidents.

  • Interviews suspects, takes statements from witnesses and stops, searches and/or arrests suspects.

  • Investigates complaints, crimes, accidents, any suspicious activities or other incidents.

  • Directs and controls traffic or crowds at demonstrations and large public events.

  • Receives instructions from senior officers and patrols an assigned area on foot, horseback, motorcycle, motor car or boat to check security and enforce regulations.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Mental Health

  • Talent Management

  • Podcasting

  • Patrolling

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Return On Investment

  • Law Enforcement

  • Booking (Sales)

  • Customer Inquiries

  • Social Work

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Customer Service

  • Leadership

  • English Language

  • Management

  • Investigation

  • Mathematics

  • Self-Motivation

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Planning

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.