Being a police officer is more than just a job for me, it's a chance to help others and make a difference in many different ways.
I have been a police officer for a long time, 20 years to be exact. In 2022 I moved to Kent Police from Surrey Police to increase my learning and take on more responsibilities.
One of the big bosses of Kent Police, talked to me and told me I could do great things with Kent Police. He told me about a chance to get a promotion, and I was really excited.
I started my police career with the Metropolitan Police. There, I worked in lots of different areas solving crimes, helping keep communities safe, dealing with burglaries and even working on murder cases.
In 2009, I moved to Surrey Police. There I took on even more responsibilities, like taking care of people in custody and helping protect people in vulnerable situations. I also worked a lot on making sure our police custody practices were safe and fair.
Then, I started working for Kent Police as a detective inspector. My job was to lead a team of police officers and help make sure our community was safe.
In Kent, I started a special project called KickOff@3 which helps build trust between the police and young people. We focus on getting to know each other, helping them make good choices, and giving them opportunities to succeed. Because of this work, I was invited to join a group that works to make sure everyone is treated fairly in football.
Besides being a police officer, I also do a lot of charity work. I help organise an event called Light the Lakes to remember police officers who have died on duty. I am also the Chair of Governors for a primary school, where I help make important decisions to help shape education for young people.
As a coach, I help others reach their goals and dreams. Right now, I am working on a special project for schools that helps children understand how nutrition and managing their emotions can help them succeed.
I am also part of a group called the Health Practice Associates Council where I help make sure patients get the best care possible.
Looking back, I am really happy with everything I've done in my career. Being a police officer is more than just a job for me, it's a chance to help others and make a difference in many different ways.
There was a time in 2017 when I thought about leaving the police, but a kind officer helped me remember why I love this work so much. It's all about helping others, learning as much as I can, and staying positive.
Being grateful for the people who have helped me is the main reason I am generous to others with my time and it is really important to me. I believe that by working together, we can make our world a safer and more understanding place.
I was born in the Met, grew up in Surrey, and now I'm living my best life in Kent!