Having graduated In Business in 2000, I embarked in a career as a recruitment consultant, travelling all over the UK which I loved and enjoyed.
One day I then decided to join the police. If you had asked me back then why I wanted to join the police I wouldn’t be able to tell you and it was like I said to myself I want to give it a try.
My mum was apprehensive and my dad said “yeah go for it son”. I remember growing up and learning about the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence, which put me off applying to join the police earlier.
I then started in Beds Police as a constable in 2008 and I won a meritorious and recognition award in my first two years due to my investigation skills. I was earmarked to go to the Criminal Investigation Dept. (CID), but I enjoyed Response too much and wanted to learn more on the streets.
My time with Beds Police has been positive throughout and I have made many friends throughout my time here.
In 2012, I was encouraged to sit the Sergeants exam and I passed my exam first time and got an Acting Sergeant position on response in 2013, becoming a substantive Sergeant in 2014.
I then moved into Custody and I further developed myself and learnt a lot around the Police and Criminal Evidence (PACE) Act.
I passed my Inspectors exam in October 2021 and the NIE exam a month later. I then left Luton custody to take up a position as a community sergeant to further develop my skills and at the same time I was voted in as the Chair of the Diversity Support Group (DSG) and as a Police Federation rep.
I have now been Acting as a Community Inspector in Luton since September.
Juggling my work life and family life is a challenge at times and I often think to myself if I have taken up too much at work.
Everyone who know me knows I am always approachable and available for a chat. I have been lucky with my experiences as a Beds Police officer as a whole, apart from one occasion where it was dealt with by the Professional Standards Department (PSD) robustly where I was a victim.
I have a lot of people calling me about joining Beds Police and I share positive experiences with them.
I have taken on extra work as the DSG chair and as a Fed Rep and I often ask myself why, and it is simple. Earlier on in my blog I said I was lucky with my experiences, but why should I have to feel lucky not to have too many negative experiences. Everyone should come to work and be treated equally and fairly.
I have had the pleasure of speaking to some officers who are young in service and unfortunately, their experiences are not the same as mine. I have regular one to one meetings with the Force Exec and with PSD to ensure that there are no disparities and my goal is for all officers and staff to come to work and not have to feel lucky that they are treated fairly.