PCSO Harkerat Sanghera, 38, joined nearly 12 years ago following the completion of a Masters degree in IT.

He said:

“When I completed my degree I was searching for jobs and didn’t want a desk job. My dad, who is also a PCSO with the force, encouraged me to consider joining. I did and I’ve enjoyed it so much, I’m still here. I like the challenge and personal responsibility of managing my own patch in Thurmaston, where everyone here knows me. Being able to go out and talk to people is a key part of the job, providing a visible presence and reassurance to the communities and aiming to prevent and/or detect crime and anti-social behaviour.”