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Ikra came to Leicester originally to study Criminology at De Montfort University. While at university she made contacts at Leicestershire Police through her course.
She attended a recruitment webinar ran by the force recruitment team and immediately felt welcome and at home and knew Leicestershire was where she wanted to apply to.
Graduating in 2020 she joined as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and is now based in Oakham.
Ikra said: “Being a Muslim woman and wearing the hijab I loved seeing other women within the organisation also wearing one.
“When I joined I couldn’t believe how supportive everyone was. I really felt like I fitted in which is always your first concern.
“I joined as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) as I wanted to gain first-hand experience of policing on the front-line in the community.
“It is such a diverse role and it is really important in building and maintaining that bridge between the police and its communities.
“One of the biggest tools I have on the streets is my communications skills. I am absolutely loving the job and regret not applying sooner.
“I suppose in some ways I am a role model. If other girls from see me in a uniform wearing a hijab they know they can do it too.
“I think it is really important that the police is representative of the communities it serves. The more people see officers and staff that reflect who they are the more trust there can be.”
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