My own policing journey started when I joined the police cadets aged 14. This gave me my first real insight into the reality and challenges of policing, but also the rewards that could come from it. Whilst I was at university, I became a Special Constable (a part-time, volunteer police officer). I loved the feeling of helping people, and the sense of performing public duty. I also joined the army reserves for similar reasons, which I am still able to fit around my Police Now training, and currently play clarinet with The Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Though I loved my time as a cadet and a Special Constable, I always felt like there was more I could do. As a Special Constable, I often worked on projects that were then left to other teams while I moved onto the next emergency call. When I first heard of Police Now, and their emphasis on neighbourhood policing, I knew that this was my opportunity to do more. Rather than joining a response policing team full time, I would be able to complement their amazing work and go a little further to help individuals and the wider community in the long term in a neighbourhood policing team.
With a family background of policing in Northumbria, being able to really embed myself in the community and work on these long-term community projects really appeals to me. I hope, with the help of the opportunities presented to me by Police Now, that I will be able to start making a real and longer–term difference to my community very soon.