I work closely with the Police and deal mainly with low level crime on a council housing estate, speaking to members of the public and working with partner agencies.
I learned organisation and planning, effective communication and team work. I also learned that people have different strengths and weaknesses and you must work together to deal with challenging problems to find the best possible solution.
The management is very good and everyone knows their role well. The line managers are supportive and understanding, always wanting the best for the staff.
The office is a productive, fun environment but can often be tense depending on the staff. There is clearly a divide between certain officers and people tend to sit and work with 'their team' and rarely deviate from this.
The hardest part of the job is feeling that you are viewed as 'less' than a regular constable by members of the public, other police officers and society as a whole, which can often be demoralising. Also there is no prospect of promotion, other than joining the police as a 'regular'.
The most enjoyable part of the job is working with like minded people who are kind considerate and fun, and improving the quality of life and security for the community. Also, each day is new and offers a different challenge as the role is so varied.
Helping the community