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Job title: Police Constable
Sector: Public Sector
How long have you worked in this role? I joined two years ago.
Describe your typical day: I work shifts so first things first are to check officer safety equipment works. Then we parade with team and have a briefing regarding intelligence received and postings for the day. Next we check out the police vehicle and review log book/check for faults and car is working. We will be responding to calls (Immediate response take priority i.e emergency 999 calls) and depending on the day; you may arrest someone and most of the shift is taken up with dealing with the suspect, collecting evidence and booking them into custody and/or deal with missing people, welfare checks, crime reports, hospital guards, witness statements, photographing, managing crime scenes, road traffic accidents etc...
Describe the culture of where you work: Culture within the team is generally very jovial; as the job is stressful we need to stay up-beat! The job is extremely busy, my aspirations have shifted slightly as I thought there would be more time to be proactive but its definitely a very reactive role.
What is your favourite part of the job? Dealing with real victims of crime and arresting real criminals. Any opportunity to be pro-active and as well as bringing in your own jobs that you have actively found.
What is your favourite way to wind down? Sleep! Going to the gym, yoga and meeting friends.
What has been your career path to date and how does it look going forward? Since leaving university it took me a long time to get into the police but during that time I chose jobs which have strengthened my development. I had two jobs managing large venues (i.e. a shopping centre and a nightclub) within these roles I obtained many qualifications including: IBOSH Health and Safety, First Aid at work, Media skills, Conflict management and interviewing skills.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Two quotes: "it's not what you say, it's how you say it" and "only you can make things happen in your life".
Plan B - if you were not in the police, what else would you like to be doing? Managing a nightclub again.
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