Raha said: “I wanted to make a positive difference in wider society. I was at university studying Economics and working in Marks and Spencer’s and I saw an advert for the PCDA at Leicestershire Police. I conducted a bit of research and thought it was something that I really wanted to do and applied straight after.
“I wanted to help people and make a difference. I didn’t want to work for a company and it be about profit. I was interested in the social aspect and a career that challenges you and has a career structure where you can progress and develop your skillset and specialise.
“My parents and family are very proud. I grew up in the inner-city of Leicester and in school and knew a lot of kids who were anti-police but I wasn’t. I was fascinated by police and crime documentaries on the TV.
“As far as I know I am one of only a few Kurdish police officers in England. I want to inspire other people to join the police and follow in my footsteps. One day I want to reach senior leadership.”