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Behind the Badge

PC Sarpong is one of the stars of our new Behind the Badge series. Hear her talk about the importance of a diverse police service and what being an officer means to her.

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I became an officer. 

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It’s something that I’d always sort of thought about, thought about it for a very long time.  
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I really strongly believe that, be the change you want to see.

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So, you know, I wanted to ensure that the police in my community were positive.

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It’s important for the police to be diverse.

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The community’s diverse.

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Obviously the police want to represent the community.

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In order to do so, they need everyone from different backgrounds.

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Intakes following me.

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I’ve seen Asian and Black backgrounds coming in 

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which is really positive.

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When I started on division, it was really nice.

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It was really easy to fit in.

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Everyone welcomes you straight away.

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It’s definitely a fun place to work.

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Everyone has a really good sense of humour

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and we like to have a laugh with people.

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It is like another family.

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It’s just a fun place to be. It’s a really nice environment to work in.

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The Police Force means family, it means community 

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and it just fills me with a sense of pride to be a part of 

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such a positive force. 

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Life in the police

Being a police officer is varied and rewarding but also challenging, so there are some key qualities and skills you need to already have or be willing to develop in order to do the job well. Find out more about what’s involved in being a police officer.

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