Humera joined us in October 2016 where she started training as a special constable and became a warranted volunteer officer in January 2017. Read more about her journey and what being a special constable means to her.
In my day job I work for a local social housing authority and am a Senior Data Analyst within their Property Services department. I became a special to help support my community and make the place I live in a better place for my children. Although I indirectly help people in my day job I needed something else to feed my soul.
When completing my initial training I choose to do it in the evenings and weekends to fit in with my home/work life. The process was intense but very insightful. The trainers were brilliant and gave me the support I needed especially through personal safety training, which I found difficult at times.
When I gained my warrant card I felt extremely proud and a little teary as the training was not easy and I felt a real sense of accomplishment. Having my family part of the attestation ceremony also made the moment very special.
I feel a great sense of pride wearing my uniform and being able to help people at their most vulnerable.
In this role I would also like to change some of the stigma people have against the police, especially with the younger generation. I would also like to break the stigma attached with being a female officer from an under represented background.
There are a few moments whilst being a special that stand out for me. One of which was being on duty and providing extra police support when the Queen and Prince Phillip visited Dunstable and Whipsnade zoo.
Another was attending an RTC at the end of my shift which involved an elderly gentleman. Thankfully he was OK and insisted that he didn’t need a lift home, but when we dropped him home he thanked us profusely and gave me a kiss on the hand. It was a really feel good moment and well worth staying on the extra few hours to complete the job.
I hope I’m making a difference to my community. Having specials on duty supporting the regulars helps them to attend more jobs, reassure the community and puts more feet on the ground to support events like the River Festival or Proms in the Park.
In my day job I trained as a mental health first aider, which I have been able transfer over to my volunteering role and it’s even enabled me to be wellbeing champion for the force. As a special I would love to work with either with the protecting vulnerable people or the mental health triage team.
As I work full time I have to be super organised at home to make sure that all my home commitments are taken care of before I come out to volunteer. My family are proud of the work I do, but are also worried every time I go out on shift because jobs I could attend are very unpredictable.
Being a volunteer police officer has given me a transferrable skill set that I can use at home and in my workplace. It has also given me more confidence and the ability to think of problems in a different way when dealing with conflict.
Policing offers a different perspective on the community where you live and makes you appreciate the jobs regular officers have to attend on a daily basis. What surprised me the most is that whilst we are at home in our own little bubble there are so many people out there needing help and requiring police assistance.
It’s great being part of a team that are there to help people.