Student Officer Scotland 2018

D Division
Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth
Police Constable (PC)
Full Time
Up to £23,123.04

We are recruiting Police Officers. Join us and make a difference.

Join British Transport Police as a Police Officer and you’ll play a crucial frontline role in a challenging and demanding environment, delivering a high quality service. We are the national specialist police force for the railway in England, Scotland and Wales.

Our job is to keep the travelling public and people who work on the railway safe from harm. We work with the industry to help get people home safe, secure and on time every day.

On over 10,000 miles of track, we keep more than 6 million people and 400,000 tonnes of freight safe and secure daily. It’s a massive task. And it demands huge amounts of talent and determination to succeed.

Representing the communities we serve

We want our people to reflect the communities we serve so that we can represent them in the best way possible. We are a nationwide police force, so we work closely with people from all kinds of backgrounds every day.

At the moment, a fifth of our Police Officers are women and less than one in 10 are from an ethnic minority. We think we can do better than this, and that’s where you come in. 

Your cultural experience and background will be crucial to us. We welcome applications from people with a wide range of skills and experience. We particularly want to hear from women and black and minority ethnic applicants.

What to expect

Whoever you are, our Police Officers have to be the best and there can be no exceptions. Situations can transform in a split second, so you’ve got to be ready for anything. Whether it’s patrolling, responding to an emergency request, investigating criminal activity, gathering intelligence or reassuring members of the public, you’ll need to be highly responsible, visible, and effective.

You’ll maintain order, carry out arrests and work with the industry and communities to combat crime. From serious and organised crimes to graffiti and theft, you’ll be there - wherever and whenever you’re needed.

As one of our Police Officers, you’ll need to relish variety and challenge. A natural communicator, you will be able to build instant rapport with people from all walks of life – whether part of a crowd, stressed or angry. Highly diplomatic and calm under pressure, you’ll make decisions quickly and effectively and never lose your head in a difficult situation.

To find out more please see our 'A week in the life of a BTP Officer' attached.

Pay and benefits

This isn’t an easy job and the hours can be highly unsocial. However, there are few other careers that are more interesting, exciting and fulfilling.

The salary is up to £23,123 (depending on experience and where you are posted). You will also receive a fantastic benefits package, including an Oyster card (depending on where you are posted), Cycle to Work and Childcare Vouchers, Career Average Revalued Earnings Pension scheme, 22 days’ holiday (rising to 30 days with service) and corporate discounts. 

Where are we recruiting?

We are looking for Police Officers to take up positions from September 2018 onwards in:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Perth

You won’t be able to transfer your posting throughout the recruitment process or your two-year probation period. If you later decide the postings are not suitable for you, your application will be withdrawn and you will need to start the process again when your preferred posting is advertised.

Assessment centres will be held in Glasgow and Aberdeen dates TBC. You will have two chances to attend an assessment centre. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, if you can’t attend after the two invitations, you will need to apply again.


British Transport Police understand that it's only natural and indeed sensible to want to prepare for the recruitment process to become a Student Officer. To support you through both your application and subsequent assessment centre we have arranged a workshop on Monday 14th May 2018 at 13.00. Please submit your interest following the link below, please submit your interest ASAP as availability is limited and you will be offered based on eligibility and first come first served basis. 

Help with your application

Do you want to ask an awkward personal question, but are afraid it might negatively influence your application? Are you unsure whether your personal circumstances are suitable for the role being advertised, but are embarrassed to talk to us about it? Please email where we will answer your query.

How to apply

Complete the online application by clicking the link below.

You will not be eligible to apply if:

  • You have been unsuccessful in a previous BTP Student Police Officer campaign in the last six months
  • You have a criminal record
  • You have been declared bankrupt
  • You have tattoos on your hands, face or neck.

The closing date for applications is Monday 21st May 2018 at 11am.

You will be informed if you have passed or failed the application form stage of the process.

Join us on the journey and bring your professionalism, commitment and leadership skills on board.

This opportunity is closed to applications.