Meet Student Police Officer Oliver!
Olly is a student officer on our current police constable training course.
He tells us what made him want to become a Dorset Police Officer and how he has found the training so far.
Prior to starting the training to become a police officer I worked as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) for Dorset Police for 6 years and before that I was a part-time Special Constable, whilst working as a Project Manager for a GPS Vehicle Tracking company.
I have wanted to be a police officer for as long as I can remember. For me it was all about helping people. To help people who don’t know where to turn to ask for help, people who are lost and need assistance and to help protect people from hidden dangers. This has always been important to me and I am privileged to be training in an organisation that allows me to do this.
I am nearing the end of my training to become a police officer and so far I have enjoyed the Personal Safety Training the most. I have always been an active person and these training sessions have been ideal in letting off steam after a busy week of learning law and legislation in the class room.
Once I am operational I am looking forward to experiencing the practical role of a police officer, such as going out into the community and speaking to members of the public, investigating crime and improving upon what I have learnt during my time on the training course.
Olly gives us his recommendations for those hoping to become police officers in the future:
It takes great dedication, commitment and hard work to become a police officer. The best advice I would give anyone would be to stick at it.
I would also recommend getting some experience in the policing environment before you apply. Dorset Police has many roles that offer insight into the environment of an operational police officer, such PCSOs or the voluntary role of Special Constable. Both give you an opportunity to work alongside police officers as well as work on developing the all-important skills such as communication, team work and problem solving - skills that you will have to depend upon in the role of police officer.
Olly explains what it’s like transitioning from a PCSO into police officer training:
The role of a PCSO is a great position. Through it I gained the experience necessary to confirm that becoming a police officer is truly what I wanted to work towards.
In the role of PCSO you gain and develop skills that all police officers need in order to perform their roles to the best of their ability. You also get the opportunity to work alongside and learn from serving police officers.
Both roles are different operationally and have different requirements but the skills I gained and the understanding I developed gives you confidence in your ability to complete the application process and be able to perform the requirements of the job.
Issued: 17 July 2015