“Police career is what you make of it”


PC Esther Carroll joined Bedfordshire Police in 2002 and has committed her policing career to protecting vulnerable victims of domestic abuse, honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. She has received two Chief Constable’s Commendations for her Forced Marriage investigations and a ‘True Honour’ award by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Right Organisation.

Esther is retiring this month and she took some time to reflect on her incredible career and contribution to the force.

Before I joined the police I tried a number of career paths, Although they weren’t what I was looking for in my life, the experience definitely helped me with being the best police officer I can be. Continue reading

It’s afterwards that all the ‘what ifs’ cross your mind

Concerned calls from shop staff and members of the public were flooding in to the Force Control Room reporting a woman in The Mall in Luton carrying a rucksack and shouting, “I will kill you all.”

Usually this type of call would be picked up by other units but they were dealing with another incident, that’s when my colleague and I were called to assist.

As we drove to Luton town centre our conversations focussed on how we were going to handle the situation and avoid causing alarm to shoppers. We liaised with the control room who were working with CCTV controllers to track the woman’s movements.

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