I had always wanted to be a police officer, now I’m one in my spare time

Jonathan Behan, known as Jon, volunteers as a Special Constable with Bedfordshire Police alongside his day-job in insurance.

I had always wanted to be a police officer.

At the age of 13, I can remember running to the back door looking at all the police cars going past the house with their blue lights and sirens on.

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Tales of a Trainee: First day at school

In the latest instalment of our Tales of a Trainee series, PC Emanuele Cipolloni talks about his initial police officer training course…

And so it began. My first day at ‘police school’.tales-of-a-trainee

I didn’t have any particular expectations about the training, but I knew it would be something totally different from anything I’ve ever done before.

Few other jobs give you such intensive and demanding training, covering such an extensive array of topics, in a relatively short period of time.

My training lasted for 20 weeks and took place at Bedfordshire Police Headquarters in Kempston. Continue reading

Marching to success

New recruits passing out

I was one of 15 new police officers who took part in Bedfordshire Police’s prestigious Passing out Parade on Thursday 9 July.

It is traditional for new recruits to celebrate their new roles by taking part in the Passing out Parade. Every officer you see on the beat would’ve had a parade after completing their initial training.

On Thursday, part of the Parade involved being inspected and congratulated by Temporary Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Collins, PCC Olly Martins and the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire. There was a dinner and drinks reception afterwards where we could celebrate with our families.

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