Inspector Marvin Bruno

Inspector Marvin Bruno talks about his policing career to date and how he has progressed at BTP. 

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am originally from the island of Dominica in the Caribbean, where I was a Police Officer for seven years before moving to London to start my new life as a Police Constable working for the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Parks Police. I spent five years with the Parks Police, before joining British Transport Police (BTP) in 2012, which was an exciting time for BTP and London with the 2012 Olympics taking place in the capital.

What made you choose a career in policing? Did you sign up once you left school in the Caribbean?

As soon as I left school at the age of 18 I signed up to join the police in Dominica. Policing had always interested me, especially with regards to wanting to give something back to the community and support others.

Marvin Bruno

 Quote-2 If you want something, you can achieve it -
all you need is hard work and a strong desire to succeed. qupte 

- Inspector Marvin Bruno




How does policing in Dominica compare to policing in the UK?

Culturally, it’s significantly different. In my opinion, the Caribbean has a more robust style of policing, less paperwork, but the level of professionalism is by no means as high as it is in the UK, which is mainly down to the nature of the crimes that the police have to deal with on a daily basis. I was often dealing with violent crimes. We were armed and there was always a real concern for our personal safety in such an environment with the risks being much higher.

For me, the transition was rather difficult at the time, as you can’t apply the same style of robust policing here in the UK. Here, you need to be a lot more resilient and patient, but at the same time, you don’t have that heightened sense of fear for your personal safety on the streets and stations in the UK.

What made you apply to join BTP? 

Firstly, I set about doing my own research into the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police to see what opportunities were available, but it was actually a friend of mine who was working at Surrey Police who said, “Why don’t you apply for BTP?”

I made some enquiries into what BTP does and the role it plays in policing the transport network and it sounded like such a mixed and varied force with ample opportunities to expand and grow my skills. But it wasn’t until I unfortunately lost my passport at London Waterloo and I was helped by a BTP officer, who was really nice, approachable and professional throughout the whole experience I had with him, that I knew it was the force for me.

There was something about the different culture, mind-set and friendlier approach to policing that really impressed me. Having grown up in the Caribbean, I had witnessed first-hand the good and bad sides of policing, and this inspired me to want to make a difference and offer a public service.

Up to today, having done policing for almost 18 years, I still have the enthusiasm to offer the best possible service to the public and I don’t think I’ll ever lose it. This is exactly what BTP strives to do, having witnessed this myself when I lost my passport all those years ago.

How did you hear that BTP was recruiting Police Officers?

I was actually on holiday in Caribbean at the time, and a good friend of mine messaged me to inform me that the BTP recruitment process had opened. So I wasted no time and set about typing up my application on my phone as I sat by the pool soaking up the sun, and submitted it straight away.

The application process was pretty straightforward. But for anyone that doesn’t have policing experience and doesn’t know the process, it can seem quite daunting. Please don’t let this put you off from applying. What’s important is making sure that you can evidence all the great work you have done previously and match this up with what will be required as a Police Officer, emphasising your skills and selling your suitability for the role.

What did your family and friends think about you joining the police?

A lot of my close friends, especially at the Parks Police, were supportive in the sense that there would be more opportunities for me to progress and build on my policing career with BTP as opposed to staying there. All my family and friends were extremely supportive of my decision, and they knew that I had ambition to succeed in my policing career.

There was no real concern about my safety, mainly due to my stature and the vast amount of experience I gained in the Caribbean and Parks Police, and they were more than confident I could take care of myself and be safe.

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