► Acting Duty Sgt Lakhveer Singh

Ambitious and focused, Lakhveer Singh, aged 29, from Manchester, is a woman on a mission to make a difference and believes that at BTP, her career opportunities are endless.

She joined the force four years ago as a PC and after a number of roles is currently Acting Duty Sergeant at Liverpool.

From carrying firearms every day in her role as an armed response officer for the Civil Nuclear Constabulary at Sellafield to reaching heart in your mouth speeds as a response driver at BTP, Lakhveer has always been set on a career in policing and loves every minute.

Lakhveer Singh

“When I was 14 I did my Duke of Edinburgh and for the service part of it I worked at Bury Police Station and loved it. I knew policing was for me even back then.”

At 19 she joined GMP as a Special Constable while studying for a degree in Criminology and Sociology at University in Leeds, before heading to Cumbria to join the CNC.

“I’d always wanted to be in the police but I needed to see if I liked it and more importantly to see if I could do it.

I’d advise anyone considering a career in policing to join as a Special first to get an insight into what it’s like and see for yourself how demanding it is. It’s a people orientated job and you’re always front facing - whether you’re dealing with the public, with colleagues or with managers and stakeholders.

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I came straight to BTP from the CNC because I felt limited by the career opportunities there, I  did my research and applied immediately and haven’t looked back since.

I come from a large family but I’m the only one to pursue a career in policing. My parents were incredibly supportive, particularly my mum – they were adamant that I should follow my dream”

And it’s been a varied career so far:

I joined on response and was there for five months, then I joined the neighbourhood policing team for six months before working on disruption for 18 months. I went back on response for a month before taking up an operational support role and then had the privilege to work on Operation Fairfield; the recovery operation following the Arena bombing.”

Lakhveer passed her sergeant’s exam in May and on August 1 became acting duty sergeant.

“Sometimes I look back and can’t believe how far I’ve come in such a short time but I’m very driven and focused – my career at BTP means so much to me and if you want to progress your career there are so many opportunities.

“What’s quite unique about BTP is that because it’s a national force there’s a great transference of skills. You’re only limited by yourself. I could do this job anywhere in the country if I wanted to. The opportunities for career development at BTP are endless if that’s what you want.”

Lakhveer is keen for anyone thinking of joining the force to persevere and push on, despite any setbacks:

“A key piece of advice I’d give to anyone considering joining BTP is don’t limit yourself, don’t be put off by thinking a task is too big – just rise to the challenge and be true to yourself.

“Always look for the positive especially when it comes to your entrance exams – if you fail the first time think of it as experience and move on. Don’t give up – if you want to get it you will. If you see an opportunity, go for it.

“I know it sounds like a cliché but I come away every day feeling satisfied and fulfilled. I’m learning something different every day.

It’s really vital to maintain a healthy work/life balance – for me that means keeping in touch with my family – attending family events and making time for everyone in my life. It can be tiring but I love it. I’m very career driven and organised and I want to be the best I can at everything I do.”

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