Employer profile

Police Scotland

Updated: February, 2020

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

About Police Scotland

Police Scotland was established on 1 April 2013 and is responsible for policing across the whole of Scotland, some 28,168 square miles, covering a third of the United Kingdom’s landmass with a unique range of urban, rural, island and remote communities.

It is the second largest force in the UK with a workforce of 23,000 officers and staff working together for the people of Scotland.

There are 13 local policing divisions. Each division encompasses response officers, community officers, local crime investigation, public protection and local intelligence.

The local policing divisions are supported by a number of national specialist divisions. The Specialist Crime Division (SCD) provides investigative and intelligence functions such as major crime investigation, public protection, organised crime, counter terrorism, intelligence and safer communities.

The Operational Support Division (OSD) provides specialist support functions such as Road Policing, Firearms, Public Order, Air Support, Marine Policing, Dogs and Mounted Branch, as well as Emergency and Events Planning. These national divisions ensure every community in Scotland has access to specialist policing services.

By our very nature, it's our workforce and people that make up the lifeblood of our organisation. So we want to help you feel right at home from day one. When you join us you'll take part in our induction course at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan – which includes equality and diversity training. After that, you'll go on to training specific to your role.

You will be afforded opportunities to work in any of the above policing environments as you progress through your career.

Police Scotland do not look for any formal academic qualifications in order to apply as a Police Constable.

We are looking for effective communicators and problem solvers with good team working and leadership skills.

If you are an honest, hardworking individual who is enthusiastic, motivated and looking for true job satisfaction then you can find it working with us. You’ll receive first class training and be rewarded with an extraordinary job that is like no other.

You will be rewarded with a generous package which includes a starting salary of £26,037 rising by annual increments after 10 years to £40,878.

Initial leave entitlement of 28 days holiday which will increase to 31 days at two years. Holiday entitlement increases with length of service.

You will be entitled to automatic entry to the contributory police pension scheme.

Access to a wide range of health, well being and leisure benefits, the role of a Police Scotland Officer really is a unique career path that demands the best.

We encourage and support our staff to keep on developing at work with training and the chance to progress your career through promotion.

We embrace the concept of flexible working, where we understand the demands of hectic modern lifestyles, and aim to accommodate your other commitments – family, dependents, your outside interests and your health.

Our Occupational Health and Employee Assistance providers help us look after your wellbeing both in your work environment and at home with a wide range of services and support mechanisms.


The Positive Action Team organise events which are aimed at encouraging people from minority ethnic communities to consider a career in policing. During the event, attendees will learn about the recruitment process, the training and various specialist departments and on some programmes have the opportunity to try the fitness test.

Events are as follows

Work sectors

law enforcement and security



How to apply

For more information on application please visit our website or contact us.

Contact details

01355 566361
Force Training and Recruitment Centre
8 Eaglesham Road
East Kilbride
G75 8GR

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