I grew up in London and had always intended to run the London Marathon, but life happened; I moved out of the city, joined the army, and then the police service. I’ve watched it year after year and have always thought it would be an exciting event to take part in.
I’m a runner anyway – I haven’t started running because of the marathon. When I stopped smoking years ago I joined a running club, and haven’t looked back.
The London Marathon on 28 April will be my eighth marathon but my first time running London – my first was Edinburgh and I absolutely hated it, I just wanted to finish and was determined to do better the next time! Continue reading
PC Richard Dawson is one of the force’s Specially Trained Officers (STOs), who is assigned to work with victims of rape and serious sexual assault.
We ensure the best care possible for our victims throughout the investigation, and any resultant court proceedings.
The way in which we deal with victims can make a world of difference to not only the criminal case, but to those who have had their lives turned upside down, and to how they go about their life afterwards.
It’s by no means easy, but I have to think what’s best for each of the victims, and what can I do that helps them take some control back in their life, and help manage their thoughts and feelings.