With less than one week to go to the Summer Academy, we’ve interviewed Jola Adeyemo, one of our new recruits. Here Jola tells us about what led her to apply to Police Now and her expectations for everything that is yet to come!
- What made you want to join Police Now?
Joining the police is not something I imagined myself doing! However, the Police Now mission to increase public confidence in policing is so very important and something I wholeheartedly believe in, and so the scheme really appealed to me.
It’s quite ironic as I’ve always been critical of the police and very aware of their shortcomings, particularly when it comes to the black community in London, for example, of which I am a part of. Having awareness of the negative perception that many people have of the police, I decided that, instead of being a critical outsider looking in, I’d love to be part of the change that is necessary.
- What are you most excited about?
I’m excited about everything I’ll be learning in Summer Academy. Some of the pre-learn modules we’ve been given have been interesting, so I’m sure Summer Academy will be even better.
I’m also really looking forward to getting to know members of my community of the borough I’ll be working in (Lewisham) and understanding the issues that concern them.
Also, putting on my uniform for the first time!
- What do your parents think about you joining the police?
My mum was quite apprehensive at first (and probably still is!) because of the obvious risks of policing. My dad is quite happy about it. He works as a solicitor and has always been really passionate about justice (and injustice), so he’s happy I’ll be working in a field that’s related. All in all, they’re both supportive, which helps.