Why did you join the Police Service?
My simple answer to this question is: ‘It was my dream as a little girl.’ This answer is correct, but doesn’t tell the whole story.
From listening to other colleagues answer this question, observing how they work and getting to know them as individuals, I believe people join the Police Service for two reasons: to look for something more or to prove they are something more.
What I mean by ‘looking for something more’, is to be challenged and motivated on a daily basis. In a Police Constable role, you can never know everything (no matter how hard you try) and you can never know what call is going to come next on the radio. You will never have ‘heard it all’ or will never have the ‘same old day at the office’.
It can be a very exciting and a fast paced environment to work in. What’s more, there is always a course, training or development opportunity available where you can push yourself that little bit further out of your comfort zone.
I, for example, have just recently completed my Public Order training. Something that, (in all honesty due to my own lack of self-confidence and perceived physical limitations), I thought I would never complete. I thought I’d just make a fool out of myself for attending. In reality, I actually had the most unbelievable experience of; endurance, teamwork, friendship, companionship, trust, learning and excitement I have ever had.
Never have I ever thought I would have completed half the things I did on that course and alongside some of the most amazing people. I cannot wait for another opportunity to push myself and have that feeling of accomplishment and achievement again.
What I mean by ‘to prove something more’, is to want something more for myself, my family and my community.
I want my job, my life, my day to day activity to not just be about ‘paying the bills’ (which it more than does), but to be about meaning and purpose. I want to feel that I go to work and change someone’s life, to give something back to the community.
I have had cause in my life to contact the Police and the service, help and support I was given was unbelievable.
When I come to work I put on a uniform and become someone and something more than what I am. I am strong, resilient, empathetic, compassionate and more. As a Police Constable I feel I have had to be so many things and dynamically change as and when is required.
I have only recently completed the file on an investigation which I began a few weeks into my service as a probationer. It was a very complicated series of events, with a number of offences (some of which I didn’t even know existed). It was an investigation where I felt great sympathy and empathy for the victim.
The victim’s whole life, family, home, work and community were impacted. With the many emails, statements, photographs, exhibits, interviews, knocks on sergeant’s doors to ask for advice and guidance, I have finally been able to deliver a result for the victim. Although I cannot discuss what that is, I know it will change her life and give her the relief and conclusion she more than deserves.
So if you ever ask me why I joined the Police Service, I may just say ‘because that was my dream as a little girl’ but, in reality, it is always going to be much, much more than that.
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.