PC Yakubu Musah

I started out my career on a very different path, working as a primary school teacher. My granddad served in the Army during World War Two in East Africa and I always felt that serving my country was in my genes. In 2002, I decided to leave Ghana to move to the UK to pursue a career with the British Army. I became part of the Royal Logistics Corps and completed a tour of Afghanistan. This was a difficult time, more so for my family, who always worried if I would be OK while I served there.

PC Musah

After six years I decided I needed a career change and wanted more time with my family. On leaving the Army, as part of my resettlement programme, I attended events for ex-service personnel. I looked at various police forces for career opportunities, mainly the Met, City of London Police and British Transport Police (BTP). When I saw what BTP does on a daily basis it was the most attractive to me as it’s all about keeping the travelling public safe.

I enrolled with BTP to train as a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) as I had no previous policing experience. I felt that this would give me a flavour of what being a Police Officer would be like. At BTP, as a PCSO you are given more responsibilities than in other police forces. Working side by side with Police Officers I learned how best to deal with lots of challenging situations and scenarios.

After three very happy years as a PCSO, I had enormous encouragement from Sergeants and other officers who could see the potential in me to be a fully-fledged Police Officer. Their support gave me the confidence and belief to go for it!

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- PC Yakubu Musah

Applying as an internal candidate, I had all of the answers I needed to complete the application process. I remember my first day out in my new uniform and making my very first arrest at Barking station where someone was assaulted.

Discipline has always been what I’ve carried into every job. Being a teacher you have to have a level of discipline so you can impart knowledge to those you are teaching. In the Army it was all about discipline, teamwork and respect. Moving to BTP, again, it’s all about teamwork and respect for others regardless of their colour or creed.

As a black Police Officer I am treated no different to anyone else. People just see the uniform. Once you treat people in a just and fair manner you gain their trust and respect. My family have always been supportive of my career paths and love that that I am now based near home and get to have more time with them. My three kids are all in school and the job allows me the flexibility to be with them when I need to be.

I’ve been a Police Officer for over  four  years now – it’s both demanding and rewarding at the same time. Helping victims of crime who are really in need and bringing offenders to justice is so rewarding for me. When I bring an offender to justice, seeing the happiness and relief that brings to a victim gives me real satisfaction.

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