Notts Police Deputy Chief Constable Speaks About Changing Times
Nottinghamshire Police's Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber looks back fondly on her years serving as a Police Constable - recalling that her best crime-fighting weapon in those days was often her handbag!
She's now encouraging people to follow in her footsteps by applying to become a PC with Nottinghamshire Police - and successful applicants can be reassured they'll be far better equipped!
Rachel, who was appointed DCC last month, served as a PC with South Yorkshire Police from 1988 to 1994, largely out on foot patrol in Sheffield City Centre. She spent 29 years with South Yorkshire, working in numerous operational roles at different ranks, before joining Nottinghamshire Police.
Rachel said: "I enjoyed my time as a PC. In those days you dealt with everything that came through the door unless it became a complex crime.
"It was a completely different landscape to modern day policing. I had a set of handcuffs, an eight-inch truncheon and a handbag which was often your best weapon!
"Back then they were very traditional ways of working. Everything was on paper, no mobile phone and you had very little to get you out of trouble apart from your communication skills.
"It's nothing to what police officers now face on the front-line - the complexity of jobs, the equipment available, the level of public expectation and the external scrutiny and accountability.
"The operating environment and how you discharged your duty was certainly different but the core principles remain the same.
"As a PC I took the greatest pride in resolving an issue which other people thought you wouldn't be able to.
"It's the sense of achievement you get through helping people, having the power to help them and being able to make a difference."
And now Nottinghamshire Police wants to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience who are motivated and committed to making a difference to the communities it serves.
Rachel said: "In policing no two days are the same. Having the ability to influence people's lives in a positive way and give something back make it the best job in the world."
Reflecting on her first month as Nottinghamshire Police's DCC, Rachel said one of the things she's been really impressed by is 'how embedded the Force's PROUD values are.' (Professional, Respect for all, One team, Utmost integrity, trust and honesty, Doing it differently).
She added: "I've been really impressed with peoples' commitment towards making a difference. It's definitely a one-team approach. The workforce and partners have a very optimistic can-do attitude and a willingness and energy to improve even further.
"I'd say joining Nottinghamshire Police is probably the best thing I've ever done.
"I'd encourage anyone looking for a varied and exciting new career to apply now to become a Police Constable with the Force. There's still time to apply and this could be your opportunity to make a real difference."
You can apply now to join Nottinghamshire Police the deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 26 May 2017.
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