Police communication has been my focus for 20 years and I remain as passionate about it today as I was when I eagerly arrived for my first day on the job in 1999.
It is the opportunity to really help people and support the fight against crime that appeals to my sense of justice. I have the chance to work with amazing people who put themselves in harms way to help others and who will work tirelessly to get the job done.
I am privileged to have met and worked with a whole range of wonderful people during the last two decades. We have laughed and cried together, helped each other through dark times and had some fun as well.
When I was given the chance to get involved with last night’s Twitterchat on the hashtag #powerandinfluence I jumped at it. This was a chance to demonstrate the best parts of police communication and also bust a few myths.
It still amazes me that people have views about the role that are a long way from the reality. Yes it is a tough job but so are many. Yes you do find yourself called if something serious happens but what comms professional wouldn’t want to be at the heart of dealing with a crisis. It is a uniformed service but there is freedom to be creative.
The skills required are the same as mist communication jobs but you do need to have resilience and the ability to deal with some horrific situations without being affected. I have always said it is a bit of a Marmite job either you love it or you hate it.
For most of my 20 years I have loved it and it has kept me hooked. The days and often nights can be hard but the rewards are immense. What could be better than knowing you have helped someone who has been a victim of crime or you have been able to help catch criminals?