Student Officer PC Wait, 28, enrolled on BTP’s 21 week training course to kick start her career in policing. Here she talks about why she applied and why she is looking forward to serving her local area.

What attracted you to becoming a police officer?

It is a career that I have always been interested in. Giving back to the community and interacting and helping members of the public are key reasons as to why I ultimately wanted to be a police officer. It also beats sitting in an office every day as no two days will ever be the same!

What interested you in joining BTP in particular?

Having been a regular commuter myself, I knew just how important it was to feel safe when travelling on long journeys to and from work. I regularly saw BTP officers on my train trips which spiked my interest.

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to join the police?

At first, my parents were a little apprehensive as they were unsure of the risks that were involved with the job. However, once I started my training they could see how much I was enjoying it and learnt more about what was involved with the role, which definitely reassured them.

How did you find the application process?

I found that BTP were really helpful throughout the process and were always on hand to give me updates as to how my application was progressing. The whole process did take quite some time, from the initial application form to my first day of training, but the wait was definitely worth it.

How have you found the training process?

I have found the 21 weeks really enjoyable as not only have I met so many new people, I have learnt so much and achieved things which I thought were beyond my reach. The training staff have all been excellent.

What are you looking forward to most about starting your career as a PC?

I am looking forward to serving my local area and getting to know the travelling public and the rail staff. I hope to become that friendly face that people recognise when they travel on the railway. 



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