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Guest Blog: Arthur Mwangi writes about his experience of the Police Now Graduate Scheme

Careers consultants at City often go on visits to graduate schemes to keep up to date. Recently, I visited Police Now and was stuck by Arthur’s enthusiasm for his role:

Background: I studied Biomedical Science at the University of Portsmouth and graduated in July 2015. Luckily I got a job in PR shortly after. However I soon noticed that sitting around in an office all day wasn’t what I wanted to spend my working day doing. One day by chance I came across an advertisement for Police Now on Facebook, applied and never looked back!

Daily activities:

Due to the nature of policing you can never really plan what each day will bring you, but you have to try and stay organised. I start each day with bit of admin, checking crime reports and intelligence etc. But my days mainly consist of  patrolling the hotspots in my area where we get the most issues and doing pre planned taskings. Due to this I get to spend a lot of time out in my area engaging with the community and arresting offenders. I also have various meetings every month with partner agencies such as the council and local charities to discuss joint approaches to ongoing problems in my area. In addition to this I run my ward twitter account, so I spend some time distributing content to our followers. Here’s our most successful tweet! Finally, I’m also public order trained, which I can be deployed anywhere in London (or the UK if it’s really bad) to deal with an incident. We recently got sent to Staines on blue lights for the Parsons Green incident, which was exciting!

Highlights: In my very short policing career I’ve had quite a few highlights. I received an award for top student in my met police cohort, for showing good academic and operational skills. Which meant that I got presented an award by the commissioner. However, I managed to mess up the handshake when he presented me with the award much to everyones amusement.

My team were among the first to respond to the tragic Croydon tram crash and were tasked with assisting with one of the hospitals victims were sent to. I felt very proud as a police officer to be there for those in need at such a tough time.

Pros:

The starting pay is reasonably good in compassion to other graduate schemes.

You develop so much as a person and gain so many transferable skills which other recruiters are crying out for if you choose to leave at the end of the two years. Conflict management, active listening resource management, public speaking – just to name a few.

There’s such a variety of things you can do in policing after your probation.

You’ll meet some amazing colleagues, who go above and beyond to help you.

Some of the projects you do for Police Now act as great evidence for transferring to specialisms at the end of your programme.

Cons: 

Occasional extended tour of duty. Due to the nature of police work you can’t always just up and leave as soon as your shift finishes e.g. if you arrest someone 5 minutes before the end of a shift you’re expected to process them.

The shift work sometimes means you miss some social events, however as long as you’re organised this won’t effect you too much.

In summary, I know policing does get a lot of stick in the media, but I’ve loved the majority of it (every job has it’s bad days) and I urge anyone to give it a go even if you do not see it as a long term career. If anyone has any questions feel free to email my personal email arthur.m@live.co.uk 

 

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Antonia Clark

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