“I thought I’d never be able to fulfil this dream…”

I wanted to be involved with the police from a young age – my uncle was a police driver in Northumbria and often when we visited he’d show us the police cars which I found really exciting.

As I went through school I got involved with sports coaching, and on the recommendation of one of my teachers I moved into teaching. I qualified in 1996 and started work straight away. I began my career, and gradually moved my way up to a point where starting a new career would have been difficult.

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From Police Cadet to Special Constable

This month we are marking the contribution of our Special Constables. Tristan Webb, a former Cadet and future Special Constable tells us about his time with the force and how, even though he has left the Cadets, he hopes to continue to make a difference in his community…Tristan Webb

I’ve always wanted to join the police since I was knee high. The dream had always stayed with me and joining the Bedfordshire’s Police Cadets brought me one step closer.

My mum actually told me the Cadets and I signed up as soon as I could at 16, and it was a fantastic decision.

The Cadets meet every week to learn about the police, and often we would get talks from specific departments from across the force, which gave a valuable insight into all the different things that the police do. We also learned some of the skills needed in front line policing, including about legislation, how to interview someone, and what to do on arrival at a crime scene. Continue reading

Making a difference and giving something back

As part of our series of blogs this month from some of our Special Constables, SC Tracy Lawrence tells us why she chose to become a Special Constable, and how she’s making a difference…

Tracy LawrenceI joined the Special Constabulary two years ago. I had been looking for a new challenge and having had a long interest in the police and a strong belief that we all need to ‘give something back’ to our community if we want it to improve; becoming a Special seemed like the perfect thing to do.

When I joined, my intake was a varied age group. There were a couple of people my age through to some the same age as my children. Everyone has different skills and experiences that they can bring to the Special Constabulary, which are equally valuable.

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