“It matters to me because this is my community too”

I joined Bedfordshire Police in 2007, and I’ve been a PCSO for nine years.shezad-ahmed-din-feb-2017

I saw a poster about the role, and I applied because I wanted to give something back to the community. My objective has always been to help out in my community, and I knew a couple of people who used to work for the force who said they thought I would make a good PCSO, which encouraged me to apply.

After I applied I was invited to interview and then had to pass a fitness test. Then we had around 12 weeks of classroom based training before going out on duty with police officers. PCSOs were relatively new at that stage, but I got a lot of support from my Sergeant and other officers who helped me find my feet. In turn, I helped them learn more about the role of a PCSO. One thing I’ve learned since being here is that there is always someone here for guidance if you need it.

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Just a standard day

The man punched in the face, who’s upset and scared.

The woman threatened by her ex-partner, screaming on the phone.

The woman whose house has been burgled – and completely trashed.

The drivers injured and shaken in a crash on the M1.

The people injecting heroin.

The paramedics who need help with a patient acting aggressively.

The injured man who doesn’t know how he got his cuts.

The woman worried about her daughter, who has gone missing again.

The shop worker threatened with a gun.

The motorcyclist hit by a car.

The child hit by a car.

The woman sexually assaulted by someone she knew.

The child sexually assaulted by someone they knew.

What do these people have in common?

They all needed the help of Bedfordshire Police on the same day.

We also stopped a man at Luton Airport wanted on suspicion of rape.

We went back to the airport to greet someone who was wanted by another force.

We received 30 reports of domestic abuse. One report of hare coursing. Seven reports of burglary. 45 reports of concern for welfare.

Not to mention the many reports of shoplifting, criminal damage, and anti-social behaviour.

That day we took 395 calls. It was just a standard day. 

We want to continue to be able to help you when you need us. We also want to continue to deliver the community policing you value and deserve.

But we need your help.

We have just 169 officers per 100,000 people – compared to the national average of 232 – and we’re facing further cuts.

Please help us continue to deliver the police service you want and need, by signing our petition today. 

Thank you.

Cadets on Parade

On Sunday, 24 of our Bedfordshire Police Cadets will attend their Passing out Parade, which marks the end of their training and time with the Cadets. Katrice Russell is currently Deputy Head Cadet and Drill Sergeant for our Luton Cadet units. This year she has completed the most number of duty hours for current second year Cadets. She tells us about her time as a Cadet shortly before she leaves to go to university.

Katrice RussellMy friend told me about the Police Cadets. Although at the time I was interested in law, I decided to give it a go and it’s been really worthwhile.

As Cadets, we get involved in lots of different things. I’ve helped out at local carnivals, helped with parking duties at various events and helped with different duties in the community. We also took part in Bedfordshire’s Youth United open day where all the youth groups across Bedfordshire – including the Police, Air and Sea Cadets – got together and got the chance to talk to the public about our work.

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