Helping to protect the local community with PCSO Danyal Ghazi
From the initial attraction of the Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) role’s unique blend of physical activity and helping the vulnerable, to his proudest accomplishments that bring smiles to the community, we spoke to PCSO Danyal Ghazi about his career so far…
What attracted you to policing and the PCSO role?
I never wanted an office job and was always more attracted to the prospect of a physically active role. I chose a role within the police because I enjoy helping people, and have always found helping vulnerable individuals particularly gratifying. The PCSO role seemed to fit with these values so was a natural choice.
What did you do prior to joining TVP, and what transferable skills did you bring?
I previously worked in retail alongside my academic studies before joining TVP. My confidence and communication skills improved from these experiences, and have been essential in my role as a PCSO as I regularly converse with a whole variety of people (community, stakeholders, partner agencies etc.).
What has been your proudest accomplishment as a PCSO?
There are lots of things I’m proud of, but making a difference in the local community and putting a smile on people’s faces has to be my favourite aspect of the role. Helping people as much as I can on a day-to-day basis is really rewarding and never seems to get old!
How do you feel supported by TVP?
I feel respected and supported in my role! For example, I am given permission to pray at particular times due to my religious beliefs, and I have regular welfare checks by my line managers that support and motivate me.
What would you say to others considering becoming a PCSO?
If you are at all hesitant, put that aside because this is one of the best jobs out there. There are so many benefits to this job and you won’t regret giving it your all!
If Danyal’s story has inspired you to consider a career as a PCSO, visit our PCSO page for further information on how to begin your journey.