The figure for Bedfordshire is part of the first wave of 6,000 new police officers to be recruited nationally, under the plans announced earlier this year to achieve an uplift of 20,000 officers over three years.
The force’s current recruitment window has so far seen high interest in people applying to become a police officer and registering their interest for further information about a career in policing, but there is still time to apply before applications close this Sunday (13 October).
PC Laura Holland recently turn her whole life around by not only have a complete career change but also moving from the north of England to Bedfordshire. She had spent the last nine years working in children’s nurseries and worked her way up to be a nursery co-manager.
She said: “I have been working in children’s nurseries previously for nine years, after I started as an apprentice at the age of 17 and worked my way up to become nursery co-manager. Then, after reaching where I wanted to and gathering a wide range of life experiences, the time was right to apply for the police and kick-start my new career. I’d thought about applying for a number of years, as the police has always been an attractive career option for me, as I consider my working style hands on and practical, with a caring aspect.”
Following her switch into a policing career, Laura has found the service to be hugely exciting and welcoming.
She added: “The first few weeks of being on the job have been so exhilarating. It may sound cliché, but no two days are the same with the huge range of people you interact with and the variety of calls that require police support. The one thing I have found particularly comforting is the team that is around me. The job requires you to work alongside people you don’t know but will rely so heavily on. The team have been so welcoming and as soon as you need their support they are there offering a helping hand or comforting words of advice.”
So, for a new recruit like Laura, what’s the best part of the job?
“The best thing about the job so far is that you just never know what your shift could bring,” Laura said. “It’s so exciting turning out for a job and seeing it unravel, as well as seeing how you react to the various calls is interesting. Some will feel emotional at times and others will pump you full of adrenaline. But the feeling of making a difference and supporting a victim or witness and bringing in a result is such a satisfying feeling, and having a tutor to share this with is just amazing. It’s a job like no-other.”
On the news about Bedfordshire’s allocation of 54 officers in the first year of the national uplift, Deputy Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst said he was thrilled with the figure.
He added: “We want to make Bedfordshire a safer place for all, and with this additional 54 officers we hope to make a real impact in the community.
“We hope to recruit officers from all backgrounds and walks of life to serve their neighbourhoods, and of course welcome applicants from further afield or those who want to consider a brand new career.”
“Bedfordshire is a richly diverse county with a mix of urban and rural challenges. If you want to make an impact within Bedfordshire and help us protect the public and fight crime, apply today and help make the changes you want to see.”
If you have the drive to help people and face issues head on, visit our website and find out more about how to become a police officer: https://www.bedfordshire.police.uk/apply/Recruitment-and-volunteering/Police-officers
If you want to find out more about PC Hollands journey with Bedfordshire police, read more here: https://bedspolice.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/from-a-nursery-co-manager-to-police-officer/