I was like you. A member of the public, concerned citizen, minding my own business and plodding on through life focused on raising my son and protecting him from harm.
When in my teens, I had considered joining the police. It sounded action packed and a challenge; a chance to develop myself on both a personal and professional level, to protect people, fight crime and keep the community safe. The timing just wasn’t right.
Life moved on and I started a family. Still, the small voice within that wanted to do more and make a difference didn’t subside.
Sgt Phil Boyd has been with Bedfordshire Police for 6 years after joining Durham Constabulary in 2003 and transferring in 2010. For the past few weeks he has been attending ‘Singing for the Brain’ sessions, run by the Alzheimer’s Society. He explains why he’s been attending, and how he hopes it will make a difference…
I first heard about ‘Singing for the Brain’ at a Dementia Champions Forum organised by our Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred, who leads on mental health for the force. We have been holding these, as well as Dementia Friends sessions, pretty regularly over the past year and we encourage people to attend because dementia is such a complex illness, and it’s important that everyone across the force has some understanding of it.
Have you ever arrested anyone?
What inspired you to be a Police Officer?
What do you eat?
Have you any brothers and sisters?
Do you like your job?
Just a few of the many questions I have been asked during my tour of schools throughout the south of Bedfordshire over the past few enjoyable weeks.