Blue Flower

The below is a typical account of what attracts people to the wonderful world of Policing; and what reality awaits. But as we hear, there is a lot of emotion to deal with as you enter and serve in the UK Police service. The purpose of these guest blogs is to explore different perspectives, striving to give a balanced view of what many of us see as our vocation...

"How I realised the Police was my passion.

I never thought I would work for the Police, to be honest I never really thought about the Police growing up or even when looking for career options, however I relocated soon after graduating from university with a Degree in Interior Design and the grim reality to the lack of employment soon hit home.

I ended up working in the Police Control room as Radio Dispatcher. If I’m honest I joined on the off chance, and because

the money looked good and there was job stability, after all I only planned on being there a few years. However I never really saw the scale of what the Police deal with until then. Yes there is Tasers and fast cars, chases and helicopters but there is death, pain and suffering too, Officers deal with mental health issues, suicide, death, abuse, and sheer helplessness with professionalism, honour and dignity. They are a saviour, carer, enforcer, social worker and parent all in one. The role asks normal people, to deal with abnormal circumstances and situations, Policing is certainly not a job it is a vocation. 

I soon realised this calling can come with a price; I was dispatching officers to deal with horrendous and sometimes heartbreaking things and after a while I realised they help protect the public, who helps them? Trauma has a way of catching up with you and by looking at my colleagues, Operational Staff and Officers and their own reactions, emotions and lives I realised how many were paying a higher cost than just risking their safety to keep us safe.
It was then I starting training in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Trauma and the effects on us, not the Police Officer in the stab vest but the humans we forget (and often they do as well) that are underneath. 

6 years on I now work in an Occupational Health Unit with a different Force as a Wellbeing Advisor, and I couldn’t be more proud of my role. It can be hard, it can often feel like an uphill struggle trying to help those who are often too proud to ask for it and I won’t lie some of the people I see are definitely a challenge but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am proud and privileged enough to say that I am able to support, encourage and rebuild lives with those that have given their career and in many ways so much more, to help others in need. "

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