From flying high to keeping feet firmly on the ground with a new police career
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Getting older only means more life experience gained - that’s the motto student officer Julie Priestly has abided by as she embarks on a new career.
From an early age Julie set her sights on becoming a police officer, however her career path took a very different turn as, for 17 years, Julie worked as cabin crew. After hanging up her wings Julie went to university aged 39. An illustrious career in the art world followed which saw her becoming the director of an art gallery.
Julie describes her previous roles as really interesting but, ultimately she felt something was missing, so when she realised she was still within the age bracket to apply to become a police officer she jumped at the chance.
Having been successful at application she said she was on cloud nine walking into Force Headquarters on her first day.
Relocating from Sussex to Rutland six years ago, Julie was in awe of the diversity within Leicestershire, it only seemed apt to realise her policing dreams and apply to Leicestershire Police.
Julie has received immense support from her family and friends, something that makes her immeasurably proud.
About herself, her career and the force, Julie said:
“I have always been ambitious throughout my life and when I set goals to achieve, I have always pushed boundaries to get there. I love taking on the challenge of change, and to constantly be looking to learn and improve myself.
“The police force is no different. There are so many opportunities here and I will always continue to aim high!”