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Information for this sector includes careers in law enforcement, prison services, probation and rehabilitation, and trading standards.

You may also be interested in information on legal services.

Find out about criminal justice careers

Key Resources

Prospects Law enforcement and security

Job profiles

See the following links for information about:

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Skills and qualities

You are likely to need some or all of the following skills and attributes for work in this sector:

  • Communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Ability to assimilate and communicate information (eg legislation, data)
  • Empathy and non-judgmental approach
  • Negotiation and motivational skills
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Planning/organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
  • Investigation and observation
  • Community and customer focus

Work experience

Look for work experience to help you develop the skills, and demonstrate the personal qualities, needed for a career in this sector.  Work experience, paid or voluntary, with vulnerable groups or those with challenging behaviour will be particularly valuable.

Finding jobs

Graduate schemes

  • Unlocked two year graduate programme for UK prison service
  • Police Now two year graduate leadership programme

Jobs sites

Recruitment agencies

What can I do at York?

  • Make the most of any chances to build relevant skills - getting involved in college life, societies or part-time work will give you opportunities to use communication skills, team building, negotiation and planning skills for example.
  • Volunteer with Careers and Placements volunteering projects.  Think about the groups you might work with in your future job and get experience with them - projects related to young people, the elderly, and mental health will all help.
  • City of York Council advertise for volunteers, including Appropriate Adults (occasional demand) and volunteers for the Youth Offending Team
  • YUSU NightSafe scheme (recruits end of spring term for the following academic year, and offers comprehensive training)
  • You could also consider volunteering in victim support or with the police.
  • Use York profiles and mentors - find police profiles in "Armed forces and emergency services" sector