Beyond the Badge: A Journey as an ICR Officer

Beyond the Badge: A Journey as an ICR Officer

Being part of a hard-working family, but far from a policing background, Police Officer Mahima found inspiration in her parents’ commitment to their business and brought this commitment with her into policing. With a degree in Criminology and Sociology, her path to policing was driven by a desire to make a genuine difference in the community.  

  • Current Role: Police Officer (PC) – Incident and Crime Response (ICR) 
  • Length of Service: 3 years 

Tell us a bit about your background. 

I come from a big family, and we do not have a policing background at all. My mum and dad run their own business, working Monday to Sunday, seven days a week! Witnessing their commitment to their work has instilled in me a strong work ethic from a young age. Therefore, I knew that whatever path I chose, I had to pursue it wholeheartedly, and policing became exactly that. 

I graduated in Criminology and Sociology from Royal Holloway University in 2019. Upon graduation, I felt like a deer in headlights as I was thrust into the adult world… then the pandemic COVID-19 hit. Despite previously scrolling past career opportunities at TVP, I kept returning to the Police Officer job description at 21 years old, contemplating whether I was capable or strong enough. Eventually, I found the courage to apply. However, when I reached the interview process stage, I withdrew in fear. The job lingered in my mind for a whole year until one random Tuesday, when I received a call from TVP’s recruitment team encouraging me to try again. It felt like a sign from the universe, giving me the push I needed, and I am so grateful for it! 

What attracted you to policing? 

My family would describe me as a caring individual, so I knew I didn’t want just a job to tick a box, I wanted to put my all into my work and enjoy the process. Policing allows exactly that, particularly on ICR – you forget you’re working sometimes and become encapsulated with the real-life emotions in front of you. I think it’s instinctual to help, driven by genuine care for others. 

What do you want people to know about what it’s like being an ICR officer? 

It’s a lot of fun! Despite being once very emotional, I’ve grown mentally stronger. The job moulds you and equips you with life skills you wouldn’t necessarily pick up elsewhere. While it builds amazing long-term friendships, particularly with your team, it’s also demanding, sometimes making you sacrifice social events with friends and family. But the rewards of the role make it worth it! 

What is the best piece of advice you can give to the public about staying safe? 

Your peace reflects your surroundings. Be conscious of the company you keep! Also, keep your phone handy and charged because that one call could save your life or someone else’s. 

Do you feel supported in your workplace? 

I feel incredibly supported, which is something I rely on in this job. The support and care from the team, sergeants, and my inspector are always there, whether its work-related issues or personal challenges. TVP also offers various staff support networks, and their wellbeing days, complete with adorable puppies, are truly rejuvenating! 

Best moment of your career so far? 

The most asked question but also the most difficult one. I find joy in leaving people a little better than I found them. Helping two beautiful young girls, both sisters, escape difficult circumstances and seeing their gratitude is a moment I’ll always cherish. 

There are many career opportunities in policing. Would you consider any in particular in the future? 

I began my career hoping to become a Detective, so that’s definitely an area I’ll consider once I’m done with frontline duties. 

What would you say to someone considering policing as a career? 

Do it! There’s no job like it. 

 

Policing is more than just a job; it’s a commitment to service, resilience, and ensuring the safety of our communities. If you find yourself inspired by the real stories behind the badge, why not join us in making a difference?  

To find out more about a policing career with TVP – including the realities of working on a response, initial training, and applying to become a Police Officer please visit our Police Officer page.