PC Muleya Jumba joined Leicestershire Police in August 2020.
He grew up in Leicester but his family is originally from Zambia and he was motivated to become a police officer to help make a change.
He said: “My main motivation behind joining Leicestershire Police was to make an active change and improve relations within the community.
“I wanted people to see me through the uniform and to see me as approachable and engaging and to really challenge perceptions of the police.
“During my duties I have come across people outside the organisation who having seen me on patrol, informed me that they would never have considered becoming a police officer or joining Leicestershire Police before. It’s good to have opened people’s mind to such possibilities.”
PC Jumba is experiencing life on the beat in South Leicester and is part of a team that carries out neighbourhood patrols and responding to crime and incidents.
He said: “Teamwork and communication are the fundamentals to this job – you have to be part of the team.
“Growing up in Leicester means I understand the problems and the communities in the area which should help with how I can approach help to solve any underlying issues.
“I feel I can speak to the current generation on their level both in person but also by using social media as an engagement tool to do this.
“I now have a duty to use my power responsibly.
“You can’t live your life according to other people’s perceptions about the police – you need to challenge yourself and be the active change.”