Why did you join the Police Service?
I have always wanted to join the Police in Northern Ireland.
In 2010 I enrolled in a youth programme in North Belfast, and a serving police officer was one of the team leaders working with my group. Through this police officer, I was able to get a better insight into policing in Northern Ireland and all aspects of becoming a police officer. The training the student officers received seemed so broad and interesting to me.
What piqued my interest was the range of roles within the Police Service, and how I could help to make a community a better place to live by supporting the people within it and striving to keep them safe.
What do you enjoy most about your role as a Probationary Police Officer?
I have enjoyed the learning - learning about the area I now work in.
I have learnt how diverse the community is and how people live such different lives compared to my own experience. I have enjoyed putting what I have learnt in the police college into practice in order to help make the local area a safer place to live.
I have been able to speak to so many people and get an insight into different communities. The fact that every day is so different and I don’t know what I will experience is something I relish. I can never pre-empt a working day and I feel that helps me build experience and develop as a police officer.
I feel I have joined a massive family. The support and guidance I have received has been both reassuring and overwhelming.