Anssi Ahonen

A police trainee in the field

Anssi Ahonen is a constable at the Pori police station, completing the job training that is part of his police studies. His training involves performing all kinds of routine police duties in the various sectors within the police station.

A cross-section of police work

Anssi Ahonen describes police work as highly diverse and challenging. Every single working day is different. The work involves helping people in various life situations. The police organisation must be one of the most diverse employers there is, with a huge variety of professional duties.

“The most conspicuous division in the police is that between the uniformed police carrying out field work and the detectives in criminal investigation. But there are a great many jobs, from forensic scientist to traffic cop. What they all share is that the majority of the work involves working with people and in full view of the public,” says Ahonen.

Customers come from all walks of life, and police officers must be able to treat them all equally and with respect. Ahonen notes that this is one of the greatest challenges in police work.

“You might say that police work is about talking the talk and walking the walk: you need both social skills and practical skills in order to be a good police officer, and of course writing skills too,” says Ahonen.

Job training is vital for police cadets

Police cadets are employed on all routine police duties in normal shifts during their job training. This naturally involves job rotation within a police station on duties such as field work and emergency services, day-to-day criminal investigation, field surveillance, traffic surveillance and service desk duties. Field work and criminal investigation take up the most time.

Each sector has a designated job training instructor, usually a police officer with extensive experience. In field work, trainees partner with their instructors, and in criminal investigation they participate in investigative work under the supervision of the instructor.

“It is excellent that we get to see all the different aspects of police work during job training. It helps us decide what to do after graduation,” says Ahonen.
Anssi Ahonen is writing a blog about his studies, available at the blog site Poliisista päivää! (Hello, we’re with the police!).

Studying for a dream job

Police training in Finland is provided by the Police University College in Tampere. Completing a qualification takes about three years. Anssi Ahonen says that he is studying for his dream job, and many police cadets share his view.

“Working as a police officer means helping people and contributing to society, making this country a safer and fairer place to live. That feeling builds up over a long time and sometimes from very small things,” says Ahonen.