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Meet Jasvinder Kaur

Jasvinder is 37, Acting Inspector Metropolitan Police Service

Who says TV can’t make a difference?I was inspired to join the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) after watching an episode of the The Bill! Seeing an Asian female police officer, albeit an actor, gave me the confidence to believe in myself. I originally joined as a member of police staff and after two years applied to become a police officer. This involved 18 weeks of training at Hendon Police College based around classroom and fitness training, followed by regular fitness tests and safety training. After completing that I was posted to my first job as a police officer in Barnet, and I am now based at New Scotland Yard. 

I get a buzz from wearing the uniform. Once I’m dressed, I know I’m in role and ready to face the day. My uniform consists of a white shirt, cravat, skirt or trousers, tunic and hat. It’s well recognised and respected and makes me feel comfortable and confident. 

Danger comes with the job.About eight years ago, I was sprayed with CS gas by a man I was arresting. It was very frightening and felt like having your face rubbed in a bowl full of chillies. I was lucky and glad that I had colleagues and members of the public nearby to help me. You can’t dwell on these matters or allow fear to hold you back. My job is to help ensure other people are safe.

Every day is unique.I get to meet people from all the different communities that make up London – not many jobs allow you to do that. Such unpredictability wouldn’t suit everyone but it’s great for people who relish variety and can stay calm in difficult situations – good communications are also a must.

Asians need to see beyond the misconceptions.Few Asian woman choose this career path because it’s not considered to be a respectable job for women by our community. On the contrary, police officers are people in authority who are seen as reliable and trustworthy – people you turn to when you need help. We need more to join us in order to change the attitude and image. 

 

My family were unsure about my career choice.My parents were apprehensive in the beginning, mainly because of the unsociable hours and the nature of the work. They would have been happier if I had become a teacher or a doctor, but over time, they’ve become much more supportive and are now really proud of me. As for my friends, they all think I’m really brave!

You don’t have to give up your personal life to be a police officer.Since having children, I have worked in posts where the hours are more flexible and family friendly. The MPS encourage and support a good work life balance. There are many career opportunities within the organisation with roles to suit different interests. You can either progress up the ladder via promotion or move into specialist areas. In the next five years I’m hoping to progress to the level of Chief Inspector. 

Fancy a piece of the action?Becoming a volunteer police officer, Special Constable, is one way you can make a difference and enhance your career, whatever field it is in. Special Constables volunteer at least 16 hours a month and work alongside regular police officers. Wearing the same uniform, they have the same powers and responsibilities as regular officers and do a variety of policing jobs, including carrying out foot and vehicle patrols, assisting at accidents, providing security at public events or taking part in operations.  Although they aren’t paid positions, the training and duties you undertake help you develop new and valuable skills. You also get a tremendous sense of achievement of doing something worthwhile for your community and it can lead you to becoming a full time officer in the future.

• For further information, log onto www.metpolicecareers.co.uk/specials

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