Work Experience Online

Welcome to our online experience programme. On this site you can find out about various roles in the police service and take part in some interactive activities. Once you have tried all that, you can complete our ‘knowledge check’ quiz to see how much you remember!

About Us

Welcome to the Police station. A good place to start is the front desk. You can find out here about our policing values, our rank structure and some history of our force. There are many roles within the police, being a police officer being just one of them. We employ police staff into civilian roles

Control Room

The control room is an essential part of police operational activity. It's staff oversee the allocation of policing resources such as response officers to incidents and crimes and it's call handlers take information from the public to ensure that officers attending locations are prepared and safe. Key Staff Police Inspectors oversee the activity within the

Crime Investigation

Investigating crime is an integral part of policing and officers are trained to find clues and evidence at crime scenes. Crimes can range from burglaries through to attacks on individuals. This video describes a difficult case and contains some graphic content. What is Locard's Exchange Principle? Edmond Locard's Exchange Principle states that with contact between

Custody Centre

There are a number of custody centres across the force area dealing with offenders upon arrest. When a person is arrested they will usually be taken to a police station, held in custody in a cell and then questioned. The custody officer at the police station must explain the person's rights. These include: get free

Dog Team

The Dog Team The dog team support front line officers in locating vulnerable people and detecting crimes. Here, one of our staff talks about the uniqueness of the role and how much work it takes in creating a working bond with a police dog in order to achieve positive outcomes.

Major Incidents

The Police service can deal with major and critical incidents. These can often happen without warning and require a carefully co-ordinated approach. It requires leaders and staff to be objective and work calmly in often difficult situations. Introduction Major incidents are often complex and difficult incidents. It needs someone who can be calm and ready

Neighbourhood Policing

As a neighbourhood police officer it’s your job to build a relationship with your community.  It’s up to you to find and manage local issues, and it doesn’t stop there. Key frontline Staff Neighbourhood Policing constable: Neighbourhood officer, working as part of a neighbourhood policing team, to provide a presence that is accessible to, responsible

Police Museum

Before the Devon County Constabulary and Cornwall County Constabulary were formed in the 1850s, parish constables were elected once a year by the vestry meeting in each parish. The office of parish constable was often an unpopular one, for they received no wages and many attempted to buy their way out of having to serve.


Preventing extremism Part of the role of the police is to prevent acts of extremism. Although thankfully rare, Devon and Cornwall Police support the national drive in preventing acts of terror. This video explains what Prevent is and how it is implemented. Preventing extremism is an important part of a policing. The impact of a

Public Order

Public Order Dealing with large events can be a complex matter and demanding on a finite amount of policing resources. Here you can hear how we ensure events are handled to ensure the safety of the public.


A response officer deals with incidents as they come in from the control room to their radio. Every incident can be unique and comes with potential risk. Every new police officer serves a 2-year probationary period in which they take on the response officer role. This role includes: Often being first to an incident, meaning

Roads Policing

Policing the roads Devon and Cornwall has a vast road network from its arterial routes into the counties to it's many minor roads. Drink Driving Police can stop drivers and ask them to take a breath test for any of the following reasons They think the driver may have been drinking alcohol. A traffic offence

Scientific Services

Scientific support services (also known as forensics) is an exciting opportunity for individuals with scientific skills. This role supports officers in often complex crimes and can help secure a conviction by finding evidence linking offenders to crime scenes. Can you do it? These roles require particular skills to do them well. Have a go at

Stop and Search

Using the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, the police have the power to stop and search to protect members of the community. We know being stop and searched can be a scary or annoying process but remember it is an important tool the police have to keep us safe. Removing clothing: police powers In a public

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