John joined Leicestershire Police as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in 2017 and works out of Spinney Hill Police Station in East Leicester. He is originally from Nigeria and moved to England 10 years ago.
He used to work as a security guard in shops and had plenty of interactions with the police whether it was dealing with shop lifters or being part of local beat surgeries with officers.
“My colleague encouraged me to apply and I went along to an event to find out more and spoke to different people and decided to give it a shot.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with people and trying to help them out whatever way I can.
“The role of a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has lots of variety. You can be out on patrol, engaging with the public, dealing with issues, giving crime prevention advice, dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) issues and trying to help solve them.
“You really need to be comfortable interacting with people. It’s your job to reassure them and give them confidence.
“I have found having a bit of life experience really helps in dealing with different people and different issues.”