PC Emily Flach
Having completed both Bachelors and Masters degrees at Durham University, I spent years working in the private sector looking for – and struggling to find – a career that was intellectually challenging, physically active, and also rewarding.
After some searching I eventually came across the ‘Police Now’ graduate scheme, and have not looked back. I found joining the Force via a graduate scheme has been highly beneficial.
It has presented different challenges, as alongside managing my day-to-day workload I have been able to participate in additional research and opportunities. For example; planning and managing long-term projects to impact crime in my local area, arranging my own attachments with other departments, and assisting with the creation of the Police Futures graduate scheme.
The networking opportunities offered by the Graduate Scheme route have also been fantastic, with more frequent access to members of the Senior Management Team who are happy to provide support and advice when you are looking into the promotion process or lateral moves to other departments.
Since joining the Police I can honestly say that no two days have been the same, the job offers unique challenges and entry via a Graduate Scheme offers you unique opportunities to try and solve them.
Inspector Karl Secker
Hi, I am Karl. I have been a police officer for 10 years, including Specials service. Prior to policing I used to be a Contract Manager within the leisure environment, and worked on the preparations for London 2012 as part of that role.
I joined policing after having a moment of realisation that I actually enjoyed being a Special more than my day job, so applied to join. Since becoming a PC and prior to joining the Fast Track Scheme I worked on Response, the Burglary team, at HQ on the HMIC and change portfolio, and then joined the FTS in 2016.
I joined the scheme as I felt that my previous management and strategic-level experience would assist me in dealing with the more intricate and analytical side of policing, whilst looking at the “bigger picture” and the solutions to what future issues we may face.
The FTS provided me with a great network of officers around the country who all are in the same boat, and provide help, reassurance and just an ear when required.
The scheme itself has given me an insight into my personality and leadership styles, as well as new skills in managing performance, major incidents, and the more intricate policing day-to-day work.
I completed the scheme in 2018, have become a substantive Inspector, and now work in as a Neighbourhoods Inspector in Peterborough, the largest populated area in the force with many of its own challenges.
The support network in Cambridgeshire is excellent at a local level, with many senior officers having gone through similar schemes who are always ready to provide support and guidance if needed.
Policing in general needs new / fresh ideas, and schemes such as this and Police Futures, helps the force move into the 21st century.