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.