“Last year, I completed a secondment with the Thematic Team at Counter Terrorism HQ, which is based in London.
“The array of people I got to meet was phenomenal, it gave me a better understanding of how Counter Terrorism works and allowed me to build a strong contact base to take back to force.
“I was introduced to people from across different teams including Prevent, International Command, FIMU, Investigations and so many more. I met a range of officers and even had a day at New Scotland Yard where I met with the Assistant Commissioner for a one-to-one conversation, which was a ‘pinch me, is this real’ sort of moment.
“I was able to get involved with multiple projects which were being implemented at the time and take back learnings to my force. For example, I learnt about warning signs of people who may be being radicalised and have shared these with my colleagues on the frontline, which has deepened not only my own knowledge but that of the wider team.
“I also found it very interesting to speak to senior officers about topics that don’t always get discussed on the frontline, which provided me with information and advice that will stay with me for the rest of my career and help me when making decisions about my future career.”