Jake (24) always thought of a role in the police would be a pipe dream and only those of certain qualities would be successful when applying to be a Police Officer. That was, until Jake applied and was successfully appointed.
Jake now sees that working for the police are people just the same as you and I, the difference is that there is a dedication to the role to serve the community, keep them safe and ensure victims are dealt with sensitively and ensure justice is served.
Watching police programmes from a young age, Jake thrived on the action and how criminals were caught and jailed and how good always prevailed – well to be honest, the reality isn’t really that far from the truth for Jake!
As a person, Jake has not changed too much and, in fact, has further enhanced his skills of communication. The skills he has developed through his time as a Police Officer, has evolved so that he is able to talk to victims with empathy, build trust and talk to people from all different backgrounds in a down to earth way. He has also learnt skills in how to deal with offenders and communicate with suspects to achieve a positive outcome.
As Jake develops through his career in policing, he is excited to learn more about the firearms department, with a view to joining it later on.
The journey so far has been a positive one:
“People don’t think of the police as normal people, but they are – just in uniform!
Joining the police doesn’t have to change you as a person, you are still you, just a person with the hope to help others and take action to those that commit crime.”