Special sergeant Dawson, Rural task force

Were there any barriers to joining Kent Police?

When I originally joined in 2011, the training was very different and demanded a lot from you as an individual, having since re-joined in 2015 the training is now tailored to us factoring in family and career commitments.

Tell us something interesting about your role?

I am lucky enough to work alongside Kent’s Rural Task force, and we form the specials equivalent. It’s a great team to be on as nationally we have the most dedicated officers forming a team of 12 police constables. We deal and respond to all policing related incidents but specialise in wildlife, heritage and all rural based crime within Kent.

What was your main motivation for joining Kent Special Constabulary?

I have a been employed in my day job for 12 years and really enjoy the buzz, I have always had the aspirations to join the police from a young age, but my career path took me into London and an alternative path. Joining the specials was a no brainier for me as I could get the best of both worlds.

What is your most memorable moment?

I can’t discuss in too much detail for obvious reasons, but I was involved in providing police assistance in a high profile incident in the Medway towns a few years ago that drew lots of media attention due to a young female sadly losing her life. It was at that point I had a newfound respect for all the emergency services and what they face on a daily basis and then having to process it after the event.

What would you say to someone considering joining?

Be open minded, have no expectations of what you will face or deal with as every shift will be totally different. The role will allow you to develop in key areas, you will also develop great transferable skills for your future career in or away from policing, or if you have aspirations to join as a regular, it provides a great insight.