Meet our Special Constables
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"The birth of my second child drove me to apply and I became a special constable in 2009. I wanted to give something back to the community I lived in, making it a safer place for my children to grow up in. Training was varied and required a significant commitment, however in return I received the highest level of training across many areas of policing. Throughout my training I had the full support of regular officers along with the specials Sergeant and Inspector. Since 2009, I have worked part time as a CCTV operator based within a police station. It allows me to juggle my childcare responsibilities, whilst my wife works full time, and my role as a special.
"I re-joined Wiltshire Police as a special constable in 2013, having started with Devon and Cornwall Police in 1995 before transferring to Wiltshire in 1998 for a further four years. Over the years I have seen and dealt with some serious and sometimes difficult situations, which the general public wouldn't normally see. At 22 years of age I was arresting drink drivers and attending road traffic collisions, some of which involved fatalities. I had to learn quickly and mature fast.
"I have always aspired to be in the police; I love interacting and helping people and wanted to give back to my community. I thought the best way to do this was to become a Special. I will look to become a regular officer at some point in the future so being a special gives me all the experience and knowledge I need for my future career. I enjoy getting to meet so many different people and being able to help people when they need it the most. I also work within a fantastic team, with great support and a lot of laughter!
"There were many reasons I applied to be a Special Constable, one of which was that I wanted to give back to a place that I have grown up in and secondly, I wanted to represent the local Sikh community and hopefully inspire others to join one day. I enjoy all the components of the role, it's one that brings many rewarding challenges and is very different to my weekdays spent in university lectures.
"Having been a volunteer for the Red Cross since 2009 supporting local communities, I wanted to continue in a voluntary role which would help my local community even further. I decided being a Special Constable would be a perfect way to do this. I would be able to support the regular officers to tackle anti-social behaviour, help vulnerable people and help those at risk in our communities. I thought I could offer valuable support and advice to people in our neighbourhoods and make a difference by having a positive impact on all of those who I meet.
"Before I began my current job as a Projects Training Specialist for the University of Oxford, I worked as an as an Emergency Call Handler and Crime Recorder for the Police Force. I always had desires to join up as a full time police officer but at the time there was a recruitment freeze, so I decided to find something that would quench my thirst in the meantime.