PCSO Claire Parry

PCSO Claire Parry is 26 and originally from Birmingham. She moved to London to join us in 2016. Find out why she chose a career in policing and why being nosey has helped in her role.

What made you decide to pursue a career in policing?

I have always wanted to join the police since I was young. I am a naturally nosey person which I find helps me day to day when seeking information. I enjoy speaking to people from all walks of life with different backgrounds and finding out how I can best use my skills to help each person I meet.

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

My dad was a Police Officer for West Midlands Police. I would see him going out to work and working long hours, but the stories he would come back with just made me more eager to join. Friends would say I was definitely suited to the role of a Police Officer as I always take charge of the situation and am definitely the boss of the group!

Was there anything that put you off applying to join BTP or anything that made you think you might not be suited to policing?

Whilst growing up I was the rebellious type. I was never in any major trouble, but I did struggle with attending school. I left school with a few GCSEs and didn’t really have any direction. I looked back years later and worried that this would have impact on me joining the police. I knew I had the knowledge and qualities to succeed in the police and I proved this in my application.

PCSO Claire Parry


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- PCSO Claire Parry



How did you find the application process?

I actually enjoyed the application process. The form was so straightforward to complete and allowed you to save the application half-way through which really helped. I was shortlisted and asked to attend an assessment day. This was held at BTP’s training centre in London. The day consisted of Maths and English tests, a fitness test, an Interview and uniform fitting.

How do you achieve a work/life balance?

Policing hours are tricky but so rewarding at the same time. On one occasion I booked on duty at 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon and I didn’t book off duty until 8 o’clock the next morning. This was because we were dealing with a major incident. This can be difficult for family but they generally understand that joining the police is more than just a career to most of us, it’s a vocation.


How would you describe working at BTP?

Working at BTP has not only helped increase my confidence in work life, but in my personal life too. We don’t only work in one station we are posted to - I have worked all over London for different events, such as football games, concerts and also Pride in London. So far I would say there hasn’t been a time when I’ve not gained new experiences or faced a new challenge; this is one of the things that’s important to me. I love the variety!

What would your advice be to anyone who’s considering applying to join BTP?

My main advice would be, do your research on the Force and our missions and values, use your life experience and work hard and concentrate on your application.

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