Even after the toughest of days, knowing that I can improve someone’s life and make a positive difference for them keeps me going.

Before I joined Bedfordshire Police in 2014, I spent 11 years in the Royal Military Police and worked around the world, including the UK, Germany, Canada, Kenya, Iraq, Kuwait and South East Asia.

My time in the military, working in so many different places with people from such varied backgrounds and cultures, taught me one of my biggest skills, which is the ability to communicate with others on a personal level. It’s not just about what you say, it’s also about your body language and how you express yourself, and how you learn to adapt your style to suit those you interact with.

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Closing the net on a paedophile

Clint Gilbert
Clint Gilbert

The images and videos in this particular case are the most disturbing I have ever viewed.

It is impossible not to find them distressing.

They are images that will remain with me forever.

Detective Constable Tanya Shotbolt was the investigating officer who helped put 21-year-old Clint Gilbert behind bars for 18-years for a string of child sex offences.

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