Read Matthew's story
PC Matthew Bill was awarded a long service medal by our Chief Constable Garry Forsyth. PC Bill has served with Bedfordshire Police for 20 years and shared his career path from patrolling Luton, being a traffic cop in the Road Policing Unit to investigating causes of road traffic collisions in the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit.
“I swore an oath and joined Bedfordshire Police in 2001 at the age of 25, having previously studied for a business degree at Northumbria University and then briefly worked for local brewery in my town.
“Having been a member of the Territorial Army since I was 17, I was drawn to the police service as a career choice because I wanted to do something that made a difference within our communities rather than work in an office environment. I also liked the equal opportunities, variety of departments, and the rank structure which allows for progression within the service.
“I started on a patrol section in Luton which was in at the deep end in terms of the variety and complexity of incidents I would attend. Whilst there I also worked within the Prisoner Handling Unit investigating crimes and interviewing suspects, and later, as a Tutor Constable training newly qualified officers.
“In 2005 I transferred to the Road Policing Unit based in Kempston from where I policed the whole county. This was my favourite role so far as I have a passion for driving and really enjoyed the training and experience I gained. Not only did this role involve promoting road safety, but also the targeting of criminal use of the roads, in effect, catching offenders red-handed. It also involved a brief appearance on ‘Traffic Cops’ in 2011.
“In 2015, having collaborated with Herts and Cambridgeshire Constabularies, I moved onto the Forensic Collision Investigation Unit based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire where I am currently stationed. This meant it was back to university, this time for a maths and physics based degree in Collision Investigation, which left me wishing I’d paid more attention at school.
“This role requires technical investigation into the causes of fatal and life-threatening collisions, the preparation of technical reports and the presentation of expert evidence at Crown or Coroners courts. I find this work very satisfying as you are helping people to understand what has happened to their loved ones at the very worst of times, and are ensuring their best opportunity for justice.
“Having served here for six years now, there is still the opportunity for moving on to new departments and challenges if I wish, who knows.
“What stands out for me in every department I have served are the people I have worked alongside. It takes a capable and competent person to make it as a police officer and, as a result, I have found myself surrounded by the best of colleagues and friends who support each other and achieve the best results, with limited resources, sometimes in the face of great difficulty.”
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