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Meet our officers - PC Avid Zaferani

 PC Avid Zaferani

PC Avid Zaferani, 30, is based at Thorpe Wood Police Station, Peterborough, and is a front-line response officer.

I was born in Tehran, Iran, but was raised in Cambridgeshire.  I lived with my brother who is also a police officer and my mother who is a retired teacher. I spent most of my childhood playing rugby and I continued playing through college and university life. 

My policing career began in 2012. At the time I was studying a law degree at University of Bedfordshire when we were visited by Hertfordshire Constabulary who were doing a recruitment campaign for Special constables.

I always knew that I wanted to join the police but I thought joining the Specials would allow me to get an insight into the role.

After successfully completing my training, I was based in Hitchin, responsible for policing North Hertfordshire.

I knew after only a few shifts that I didn’t want to do anything else.

I continued as a Special while I finished my degree and then I worked for the Department for Work and Pensions while waiting for police officer recruitment to open.

I joined Hertfordshire Constabulary as a police officer and was based in Stevenage. The training, which is mirrored in Cambridgeshire, was amazing. I learned so much and met so many new friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life. In training I was nominated by my classmates as top student and was presented with a gift by the Chief Constable.

In 2016 I decided to transfer to Cambridgeshire. I was in contact with a Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant who assisted me with the application process.

The HR team was absolutely fantastic: they kept me in the loop throughout the process and each time I had  queries they replied to my emails/phone calls very promptly.

In March 2019 I was named ‘employee of the month’ for my approach to proactive policing and for my approach to victim care and was awarded a certificate by the Chief Constable. To date, I have become a method of entry trained officer, a response driver, a tutor, a specially-trained officer carrying Taser, and a police support unit officer. My ambition is to become a sergeant and move to our dog section.

If you are considering a policing career with Cambridgeshire Constabulary but you are not sure I highly recommend you to take in part Op Insight, which will give you an opportunity to see how modern policing works. Policing is very diverse, with many roles. You can be a response officer, a detective, firearms officer, dog handler, the list goes on.

I love my job. There is nothing more satisfying than locking someone up who has caused misery to other people’s lives.

Preventing crime and catching criminals is what we are paid to do.

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