Conditions of employment

As a police officer, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • A starting salary of £22,221
  • A holiday entitlement of 22 days, with this increasing with your length of service
  • Full pay during absence from duties due to sickness or injury for the first six months
  • The opportunity to progress to higher ranks in the organisation
  • The opportunity to join a specialist policing field; for example, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
  • Eligibility to join the new Police Pension Scheme
  • Eligibility to join the Police Federation

As a police officer with South Wales Police, you must be prepared to be posted and serve anywhere within the South Wales area.

You will also be required to work a shift pattern during a 40 hour week, with some shifts falling on weekends or unsociable hours. The police service as a whole is currently experimenting with a number of different shift patterns.

All new recruits must complete two years probation. During this time, student officers will undertake a training programme where they will learn the essential skills needed to fulfil their policing duties.