Meet Student Police Officer Natalie!
Natalie is a student officer on our current police constable training course.
She tells us why she's always wanted to be a Dorset Police officer;
I have worked for Dorset Police for 11 years. I was a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for five years and before that I was a Special Constable for six years.
I have wanted to be a police officer since I was 16 years old and my experiences working in other roles within the Force has confirmed it is the career for me. I have never wanted an office based role and have always aspired to work within the community.
The role of police officer is such a varied job, where every day is different, and I value being able to help people.
Natalie explains how she has found the training;
So far I have really enjoyed the practical exercises, putting what I have learnt in the classroom into practice. It has been hard learning all the different sections in law after leaving school 20 years ago! But the practical exercises help me to remember what I need to know.
Now I am looking forward to being back out within the community and helping members of the public who need support from the Police. I am also looking forward to being able to deal with incidents by applying the knowledge and skills I have learned in the last 18 weeks.
Natalie gives us her recommendations for those hoping to become police officers in the future:
Get some life experience first, do a job that is customer focused so you learn to communicate with the public. I joined the Special Constabulary to get an insight into Dorset Police and that confirmed to me it was the career I wanted to pursue.
Issued: 23 July 2015