PC Amy Mitchell is among our newest recruits to the force.

She joins 33 other new policing recruits that have recently taken their oath of allegiance to the Queen and they now begin their training journey to become fully qualified police officers.

It has been Amy’s dream to join the police since she was a little girl. Her grandfather, who served in the Metropolitan police and was given a bravery award from the Queen, has always inspired her.

Amy said: “I still have my grandfathers training notebooks and his invite to Buckingham Palace, he also made a scrap book with newspaper clippings of all the stories that mention his name which I also still have.”

For the last 13 years, Amy has worked as an apprenticeship tutor for private training providers working with 16 year olds in the workplace and in the classroom. She brings a wealth of transferable skills from her teaching background as she has also trained 15 -18 year olds that are not in education or employment.

She said: “In a way I am glad that I waited until now to join as I am 33 years old and I feel my life experience is really going to help me in my role as a police officer.

What appeals to me the most about the role is the ability to make a difference and support somebody through a bad time. I can relate to this, as I have been in a similar position myself when something bad has happened but I will never forget the one person that helped me through this difficult time. If I could be that for somebody else then that’s what I feel I want to do.”

Amy’s advice to others who are thinking of joining but have doubts that they may not be good enough is: “Trust and believe in yourself. You won’t know what you are capable of until you try and if you use your passion to drive you forward, that will see you through. I regularly tell myself that I’m here because someone has seen something in me even if I don’t feel like I see this in myself sometimes.”

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