A/Sergeant Mo Shabir is a response officer and has been with Bedfordshire Police for nine years.
I moved to Luton from Glasgow and was looking for a job. I thought I would give the police a go and haven’t looked back. It was a job I really liked and a job I still love today.
Being a response officer you never know what is round the corner. You attend a variety of jobs, it keeps the job spontaneous but I like the challenge.
I still get the thrill and adrenaline rush when driving on blues and twos.
When attending a domestic abuse incident which requires a fast response you’re always mindful of the possible hostile situation. You’re delving into someone’s personal life – and we are very aware of that.
It is crucial we correctly risk assess the situation. We need to identify the threat to the person in question, our officers and the offender.
We attend calls for help from those who have been subjected to the most violent and abusive attacks.
And we get called to controlling behaviour, coercion and meditated conduct that traps victims in a climate of fear.
These take most time to investigate and are less clear cut –but both are equally as important and are given the same dedication.
Domestic abuse is a priority and whatever the abuse it is not tolerated.
Sometimes the victim is hysterical, sometimes they are very calm. And it is actually the hysterical situations that are easier to deal with.
It is hard to obtain the information quickly and get a picture of the situation when people are overly calm.
It is our job to assess the incident, get the correct information and rationalise the decisions we make.
When somebody is cool as a cucumber when faced with an allegation of assault it gets your mind ticking.
You can’t categorise a domestic abuse offender – or victim.
They are from all walks of life.
Being victim of an abusive relationship can happen to anyone.
We recognise the difficulty for victims to report abuse and often expect the victim to face conflicting emotions when police arrive. We don’t judge people for that. They are not treated any differently.
But we are keen to promote the support mechanism available to those suffering abuse. We take every report seriously.
Our priority is to protect people and while we want to make sure people are responsible for their actions our focus is support. Victims will be believed and we want to build that trust and let people know they are not on their own.
There is a life out there that is free from abuse.
That is my message to domestic abuse survivors.
You’re not on your own.
We encourage anyone being subjected to abuse to come forward and we welcome any feedback on our response. Our priority is to keep you safe and we are constantly building on our service to you.