PC Jeevan Sahota is currently one of our student officers on the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme (ADCP). He shares his experiences since starting the course.
I joined Bedfordshire Police’s Accelerated Detective Constable Programme because I was looking for a job where I could make a difference to people’s lives.
The programme gives me the unique opportunity to get straight into the detective work and still gain the invaluable grounding experience of being a frontline officer.
Before I joined the police, I worked as a paralegal in a human rights organisation in Birmingham. My previous role involved working with vulnerable people and focusing on their needs. It also gave me experience in how the legal system works as I was creating complex case files and needed to be familiar with legal and court procedures.
I loved my job and supporting people in need but I felt like I needed a more involved and take a more active role.
As a detective I get to investigate some of the most serious crimes and work with victims impacted by them.
During my time with the force I have worked with various departments like Child Protection, Serious and Organised Crime and Guns and Gangs, as a build my knowledge and experience.
Joining as an ADCP student is a bit different than applying for a police officer role. When you join ADCP your training is leading you to eventually become a detective constable. Although your time as a student is supported by lessons focusing on detective skills, nothing will ever replace a real-life job experience.
Unlike some other fast-track programmes across the county, in Bedfordshire Police’s detective programme you are placed in the response team. This helps student officers get a first-hand insight into the challenges and pressures of being first one on scene and helps foster an investigative mindset across the workforce. I believe the time I spent in response was vital and helped me become a better police officer and detective overall.
I am currently working within the Protecting Vulnerable People team. I am finding it extremely challenging but also very rewarding. I work with some of the most vulnerable people in the county and part of the role is making sure they are safe and have the support they need. One of my most cherished moments was supporting a victim of stalking and harassment. I managed to track down the offender who was harassing the victim for months which caused extreme emotional and psychological harm.
It feels very satisfying knowing that my hard work led to the offender being apprehended and has prevented them from causing further distress. I hope this has brought a sense of normality and peace into the victim’s life.
Cases like this are the reason I joined the police, to be the voice of people who need it and stand between them and the offenders who want to do them harm.
I am really enjoying my work and I keep looking for ways to develop and gain experience so I can move towards managing more complex cases.
During my time so far, I have learned a lot about engaging with people, especially in difficult circumstances. I have learnt the importance of clear communication and making sure the information I pass on is clear, detailed and accurate.
To anyone who is considering joining the police I would say: think about what is important to you and read about the police core values. If you think that they align to your own it might be a place for you. Keep in mind being a detective is not your average 9 to 5 and it is as challenging as it is rewarding.
Student Detective Constable
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