What made you want to join the Police?

For the last 14 years I’ve been working for Charnwood Borough Council as a Neighbourhood Development Officer within the Communities and Partnership Section. We had dedicated police officers based in our team, so I’ve worked on a lot of police operations and I really value what police officers do. Also on a personal level, I have less family commitments now due to my two daughters being grown up. I feel I am now able to dedicate myself to the role to be able to do it justice. Now is a good time for me to do something which I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Was there anything in particular that drew you to Leicestershire Police?

I came to the UK when I was 5 years old and settled in Loughborough where I have lived for the past 40 years. I have always had a passion to join my local police force and to help and support the local community.

How did your family and friends react when you told them you were joining the police?

To be honest, I kept it a secret from everybody until I heard that I’d been offered a position. But when I did share the news, there was huge excitement because I am the first person in the family to join the police.

What would be your message to somebody who was thinking about joining?

In my experience, someone who wants to join the police service needs to understand what is involved and what is required of them. If you don’t do your homework and have preconceived ideas about what being a police officer is about then you might be surprised. Having worked closely alongside the police, I knew what the job involved and that gave me the exposure and realistic idea of what I would be committing to.  My advice to anybody who is considering joining the police is to do lots of research first and to talk to a police officer about the realities of the job, as it is not without its challenges, but it is also very rewarding. 

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