Posted: Wednesday 2nd September 2015
I am Chloe Walton and for the past week I’ve been on work experience with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office. I’m 17 and in the last year of my A-Levels, hoping to go on and study a Criminology and Applied Psychology course at Brighton University.
Criminology, as a subject, is something that’s interested me for quite some time now but I never really knew where I could take it, or what the different possibilities were. This week has helped me develop a better understanding of the different aspects involved in an operational police force, many of which I hadn’t ever considered before.
Throughout the week I have been able to sit in on various meetings, which has given me a real insight into all the different tasks and resources required in the day-to-day workings of the police as an organisation.
I was also able to shadow Sue Mountstevens on her Out and About Community day in Somerset where she met with the North Taunton One Team. The visit showed the importance of engagement between the police and the community and I found it very impressive the way different partners worked together collaboratively to solve issues.
I was also impressed by different individuals but especially the PCSO’s who knew the local people and families inside out, on a real personal level which was clear when they spoke to them. There was a real sense of care and that the people they were dealing with were important not just random calls to respond to.
The two highlights of my week were being able to listen in on the calls that come into the Comms Centre and speaking with Sergeant James Turner. Both of these experiences I consider to come under operational policing and I think that’s where my interest now lies for the future.
Comms was amazing and I applaud everyone who works there, especially the call handlers and dispatchers, their level of multi-tasking is crazy. Sergeant Turner was great in answering my questions and helped me understand what it takes to become a Police Officer and what a career in the police is like.
My week has been incredible and has helped me understand the direction I want to explore after university (at the moment I’m leaning toward wanting to become a PC but it’s still a few years away so it could still change yet).
Just wanted to also say a big thank you to all who made my week with the PCC’s office possible – it’s been a great experience!