Meet PC Jacob Taylor-Abreu
PC Jacob Taylor-Abreu joined policing in 2019 after 4 years of military service. He currently works as a response officer dealing with 999 and 101 shouts.
Why did you want to join the police?
After leaving the Army, I still wanted to serve in some capacity and instantly was drawn to the Police. I spent around a year after leaving, travelling, and working as a window fitter, but was missing the camaraderie, and challenging nature of the Army.
I originally joined a PSCO in 2019 before becoming a PC in 2020.
How do you feel your military career has helped you in your police career?
I joined the Army at 18 and it certainly helped me to mature and grow very quickly. It instilled in me discipline, mental resilience, physical robustness, an attitude to remain focused and motivated as well as the perseverance to keep going both when I was physically and mentally drained.
In both policing and the military, you are presented with difficult and challenging situations regularly. The camaraderie in both careers is incredibly important in helping you to deal with some of the distressing incidents you may attend.
What is the most rewarding thing about policing?
The most rewarding thing about Policing for me is that I am serving my country. It is why I joined the Army, and it is why I joined the Reserves.
Like most people who join the Police, helping people is really rewarding. Be it a victim of crime, attending an injury or simply engaging with members of the public and helping to improve their confidence in the Police.
What do you love most about policing?
What I love the most must be the Officers who I work with. When I left the Army, I really missed the camaraderie and being part of a close-knit team. My team are awesome; they are from all walks of life, backgrounds and with varying times of service. Now that I have been with the team coming up to 2 years, I feel at home, and I am looking forward to what my career in the Police brings.
If you are looking at military resettlement into TVP, you can read more about the support available on our Military Resettlement page.
Thames Valley Police (TVP) is actively looking for people wanting to be the difference they want to see in their communities. To find out more about a policing career with TVP – including the realities of working on response, initial training, and to register your interest to become a Police Officer please visit our Police Officer page.