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.
When I was about five or six years old, I remember telling my mum that I wanted to be a police officer.
I saw the advert for the Special Constabulary about a year ago, and when I looked into it a bit more I decided it was something I could do. I have three young children and I think now is a good time for me to see if this is something I want to do longer term. Continue reading
Maureen Line is an Independent Custody Visitor (ICV). Here she blogs about what her role entails:
Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) always work in pairs and our visits are arranged with each other in advance, usually at our ICV Support Meetings. We meet outside the police station at the agreed time, ready for an unannounced visit.
Each visit presents a unique set of circumstances and combination of people.
If the Custody Officer is not occupied, then this is a good time to ask if there are any issues that we need to be aware of.