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Thank you all again for the lovely comments on my last post! I'm well into my second set of shifts now so I thought I'd update you on my time on division so far. 

My first few days were very eventful, from my first ever real blue light run to a sudden death to arresting a violent pensioner, and I've learnt so much about not only the job but myself already.  A few years ago, like many, I didn't quite realise that the job of a Police Officer stretches so much further than fighting and solving crime. We are counselors when none are available, we are mental health nurses when they won’t attend, we are ambulance when they’re too far away, we are friends to those who have none, we are ears to those who have nobody to turn to, we are shoulders for those who need to cry, we are the final option and last resort for those in crisis,  we are the barrier between a fighting couple, a lifeline for a terrified parent, we are those who can be blamed when things go wrong, and we are the people who the public hold so much expectation on to do the right thing all the time and every time. It's been a massive lesson to me from my very first day on the beat and to be honest I've appreciated every second of being this side of the job. All my new colleagues are amazing, all so strong and hard working, even when the shifts drag on for hours and our eyelids are so heavy on night shifts. I've been worried about the massive pressure to get everything right but I've had so much advice and support from everyone at my station already that I'm so happy to be there.

I don't want to go into any detail about the jobs I've been to but I've had a massive eye-opener into the lives of some  people and it's been really, really interesting. You view the world differently after just one shift in this job, honestly! It's a massive emotional and physical drain engaging yourself in so many different people's lives every day, often at some of the hardest times they'll ever face, and keeping your own head above the water to be able to help them. A few times I've felt instinct come over me and as much as I've felt like I don't know what to do or say, the words have just come out of my mouth and I really hope I'm doing okay for a beginner! I've learnt pretty quickly that it is SO much about how you can talk to people and get them to respond to you. 

I experienced my first real interview and was able to lead as well which was a really great experience. I was so nervous but as soon as I started with the questions they just came naturally and I felt like I had found my style that worked with this particular interviewee. I've been able to tag along with my tutor's withstanding crime enquiries which has been great as I've been able to watch some of the processes I'll be going through when clocking and investigating crimes. 

So far everyone has said I've been really dunked in at the deep end with some of the things I've attended with my tutor but I still go home at the end of every shift so excited to come in again the next day, and even though as the adrenaline wears off towards the end of every shift I am absolutely exhausted, I am really loving every second of it.

I was so worried that after coming so far and through training that I wouldn't enjoy the 'real' side of policing but it's one hundred times better than what I expected it to be, it's great. I've never felt mental and physical exhaustion like I've felt the past couple of weeks, and I know that I 'ain't seen nothing yet but I suppose it's just because I'm learning so much so quickly that my brain is fried trying to keep up, but the rewarding feeling of leaving work every day feeling like I might have made a little difference in at least one person's life each day is enough for me.

I plan on continuing to update throughout my tutorship with anything I think may help anyone else going through the process of training, or anyone like me who, before joining, loved reading beat stories!! 

Thanks for reading x

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Really pleased to hear that you have settled in and are enjoying the job @alicing. As I mentioned in your previous blog post the stories you tell and the details mention give inspiration to future officers so that's a feat in itself. 

Glad to hear that the blog will continue! 

Keep up the hard work! :)

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8 hours ago, XA84 said:

Really pleased to hear that you have settled in and are enjoying the job @alicing. As I mentioned in your previous blog post the stories you tell and the details mention give inspiration to future officers so that's a feat in itself. 

Glad to hear that the blog will continue! 

Keep up the hard work! :)

Thank you, that's so kind of you to say! I wish I could tell you all about the jobs I've been to and the stuff I've seen already because it's been insane, but I'm sure you'll see it all yourself one day soon! 

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Glad to hear you're having a good time, so jealous! Look forward to hearing more! Stay safe :) x

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Glad to hear you're enjoying it! I know everyone is at different stages of their careers on here but it really is a breath of fresh air to see such a positive attitude towards the job! Looking forward to reading more soon  :)

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I remember my first week after leaving training school.

Saturday Sudden death, Sunday Sudden death, Monday pub fight, Tuesday Pub fight, RD, RD, Friday Pub fight, Saturday Sudden death and a pub fight. As you can see there is a lot of humdrum regularity to policing. Aged 19 I hadn't seen a dead person until this enlightening period. :smileys-police-742969:

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