What was your motivation for becoming a Special Constable?
I grew up wanting to be a police officer but my dad wasn’t keen on the idea, so I decided to train as a nurse instead. A couple of years ago I had a change in personal circumstances, which meant that I had some additional free time so after working for the NHS for 29 years, I decided to fulfil a dream and join the police. I joined Merseyside Police as a Special Constable in August 2019.
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
That's a hard question to answer as there have been many shifts that I recall for various reasons, but I will always remember my first arrest as to my surprise, this wasn’t the offender’s first time coming into contact with us which meant that he appeared very familiar and well versed with the process and procedure.
Would you recommend joining the specials to anyone who was considering it?
Definitely. More often than not being a Special is seen as a stepping stone into joining as a regular police officer, however, I believe career specials can bring a whole new dimension to the role with a different skill set. I would also encourage more mature applicants, like myself, to join as the transferable skills and life experience we can bring can really help to make a positive impact.
Did you have any concerns before joining?
Lots, but I needn't have worried. The support from the leadership team is fantastic and the regular teams we work with are so supportive.
Have you learned any transferable skills that you have been able to use in either your role as a special or in your regular career?
There have been a number of occasions where I have used my clinical nursing skills on duty which I have found so helpful. Being able to communicate well and have good inter-personal skills is key in both roles and I feel by having these, it has really helped me identify and resonate with people from all different walks of life.
What do you believe is the best thing about being a Special?
All of it! It’s a win win situation for me as I have a full-time job that I love and then I get to be a special as well.
I feel privileged to be able to wear the uniform and serve the local community. For me it's about making every contact count. We see individuals at their most vulnerable and as officers we are perfectly placed to really make a difference and that is something I am so proud to be able to do