Were you nervous when you first started? How do you feel now?
Really nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what my team were going to be like. However, all my fears disappeared pretty quickly. There was no stigma attached to the label of Police Now because the borough already had Police Now participants; the other officers just saw us as new recruits on probation. Nothing more, nothing less. My team turned out to be some of the best people I’ve ever met. Looking back now, I can’t imagine why I was so nervous.
What are your fellow officers like?
Some of the most amazing people around; so welcoming and helpful. I could ask a question in the office and people would jump to help out. Everyone’s really supportive and friendly.
What’s been your proudest moment?
Getting an email from the Acting Detective Inspector who ran our training acknowledging my work on some closures of long-running nuisance addresses.
Tell us a bit about the training.
The Summer Academy is six weeks of hands-on learning from officers who are up-to-date with the knowledge that they’re teaching you, because they themselves have been using it very recently – some of the officers will have been arresting someone the day before, and teaching you today.
What skills have you gained?
I’m a lot more confident now and the better for it. I can deal with difficult situations with a little more ease and I’ve improved my ability to defuse situations.
What will you be doing after the 2 year programme?
Hopefully, I’ll have moved over to a response team where I can work on my ability to deal with quick time incidents.
What would you have done if you didn’t do this?
I would’ve been looking to become a paramedic instead; I seem to have an affinity with blue flashing lights!
If someone was thinking about joining, what would you say to them?
Do it! It’s an amazing vocation and you’ll be joining a family, not just a group of colleagues. If you don’t, you’ll only regret it!