Throughout her teenage years Jodie never thought about a career in policing; however, at the age of 18 she saw a role advertised for the Special Constabulary.
She applied and was successfully appointed and worked as a special constable for a year and before she progressed on to being a police officer at 19 years old.
Life as a special was a really positive experience as it motivated and prepared her for life as a police constable.
Jodie’s family and friends were shocked when she announced that she was joining the police, but were really supportive in her decision to do so.
As a Neighbourhood Patrol Officer; she has built up a great rapport with the community, within her hometown of Leicester, and continues to build confidence between the public and police.
Another community Jodie is fully supportive of is the deaf community. She is trained in British Sign Language and feels this is very productive as it helps this hidden community within Leicester.
Continuing to building a long-term career with the force, Jodie aims to become a sergeant
She fully advocates that is never too late to join the police. She said:
“Just go for it and don’t let age or having a family put you off, as the force are really supportive in terms of officers with families.
“Age is just a number and not a barrier. No-one is too old for the police as you have a head start with life and job experience.
“I would advise anyone that is looking to join, but unsure as to where to start, then to contact us to find out more. You could even consider volunteering to get a real taste of policing before applying.”