Special Sergeant Ian Chauhan works in hospital maintenance and joined our Special Constabulary seven years ago, fulfilling a lifelong dream of policing.

“From a young age I always had a great deal of respect and admiration for police officers”, he said.

“As a child, when local officers visited my school, I’d look up to them as superheroes and everything that I wanted to be. Although I went into another job when I left school, that passion for policing never left me.

“When a friend of mine joined the Special Constabulary I thought maybe I could do the same. I was worried that I’d left it too late in life, but I decided to apply anyway.”

Ian was over the moon when his application was accepted and says for him, it was the equivalent of winning the lottery. He now holds the rank of Special Sergeant and has his own team of special constables to support.

“For me, the best part is that I get to actively help and protect my community. I was born and bred in Leicester and I feel like I have a duty to protect my county.

“Anyone can sit at home and criticise the police, but it takes a different type of person to go out there and do something positive, help be the change you want to see. You too can make a difference.

“We all have unique qualities and skills, and everybody has something to bring to the table. It’s the most rewarding feeling to know you have helped someone.”