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Job Hunting Guide

Why register with Police Skills?

If you are a former, retiring or retired police officer or a job seeker who offers specific skills and experience gained in law enforcement we the right recruitment business for you.

We're the market leader. We work with every law enforcement employer in the country and are often exclusively engaged.

All of our candidates are given support and guidance through the recruitment process. We'll keep you informed and up to date.

Every police professional receives a 12 month subscription to the market leading police media news service www.PoliceOracle.com for only £1!. (normal price is £37)

Once you've registered you'll receive a call from our contact team and an email explaining how to take up the offer to subscribe to Police Oracle.

What sort of skills do I need to register?

We're market leaders in providing employers with temporary and permanent staff who posses crime detection & prevention, intelligence, crime analysis, detention and economic crime skills and experience.

We welcome registrations from all job seekers whom posses these skill sets. Our service is very relevant for serving, former & retired police officers. Specialist police staff personnel and investigations, intelligence and crime analysis professionals from the military, public and commercial sectors.

What happens after I register with Police Skills?

 After registering with us, you will be contacted within 48 hours by our Recruitment team to discuss your work requirements. You will also become eligible to receive alerts about the many jobs that we work on as well as be informed about any jobs that you would be suitable for by phone, text and email.
Feel free to contact us about any jobs that you see, either on our sector specific job boards, or via our email alerts, and express your interest in any of our roles. Please make sure you direct these enquiries to the person whose name is on the advert.

We will inform you about the role itself as well as the company it is working for and the context of the role as a whole. Subject to your approval, we will then forward your details to the company concerned, guaranteeing the discretion of your personal information.

We endeavour to keep in touch with all our candidates as regularly as possible. As you are probably aware, the public sector market is relatively quiet at the moment so we will continue to stay in contact with you although we may not have any specific vacancies to offer.

We've been in your position

Our consultants are not drawn from the commercial recruitment industry. They've done your job, and know how best to put your skills and experience to work.

The commercial, public and policing sectors all require trained police personnel in both generalist 'policing' roles and in more specialist positions.

The commercial sector

There are many opportunities available within modern commerce. This ranges from the traditional insurance investigation roles to regulation compliance positions within financial service organisations.

Increased opportunities. legislation, such as the Proceeds of Crime Act and the strengthening of Anti Money Laundering Regulations, have created new business areas.  These welcome applications from officers with specialist financial crime and compliance knowledge.

The public sector

The public sector has seen a whole raft of new legislation, such as the Environment Act, Clean Neighbourhood Act and the Crime and Disorder Act. Each requires local authorities to investigate incidents using best practice techniques and to enforce new bylaws and laws.

Warden and neighbourhood protection schemes also create a continual need for police experienced trainers. The Offender Management work community, with its emphasis on restorative justice, tracking and surveillance, also has a healthy demand for policing skills.

The police sector

Highly experienced contractors are always in demand. This is true whether you work at the 'coal face' or in more specialist roles, such as training or project management. Bringing back retired officers on a permanent basis is also commonplace, either in sworn officer duties - 30 year plus schemes - or as highly skilled police staff.

Contracting Work vs. Permanently Employed

This issue of contracting work vs. permanent work is an important consideration for the retired officer. Many opt to become full time contractors, picking up 2 to 3 month or 4 to 6 months assignments. There is also the option to work part time, but here opportunities tend to be less frequent.

Contracting offers the additional choice of what terms you would like to be employed by. Working as a contractor allows the individual to opt out of traditional PAYE schemes, and elect to use umbrella company pay schemes. This offers the advantage of having most expenses set against tax paid.

Setting up your own Ltd Company

There is also the option to create your own limited company and invoice employers for your service, although there are legal pitfalls with this choice.  Learn more here.

Police Skills is dedicated to finding retired officer's future work. Be you Police Constable or Chief Constable, Police Skills has the job for you! The company offers pre-vetting for a number of Police Forces as well as competitive rates of pay and payroll options.

For more general information on careers in the commercial sector please click on the link

For more general information on careers in the public sector please clink on the link

The scope of our market reach, and expertise we offer, puts a wealth of temporary, permanent and freelance options at your fingertips.

We're committed to your success, and offer ongoing support and guidance to ensure you slot quickly into your next position. This means we will:

  • Enhance your CV writing for greater impact
  • Cover interview preparation and technique
  • Update you with regular market and job news

Our accreditations:

REC Reg No - 2009/541
ISO Accreditation
Certificate Number 11960
ISO 9001:2008