Meet PC Misbah Ali of TVP’s Positive Action and Engagement Team
Age at joining: 24
Length of Service: 4 years
Why did you want to become a Police Officer?
I joined the police because I wanted a varied career, it was an ambition I had while being in education and certainly did not think I would ever join. While at University I decided to apply and was successful through the Application process and joined Thames Valley Police. As often as we hear it, Police officers really do join to help people and make a difference. It is a career within a career and whatever role you pursue you will continue to do your core role in protecting communities and preventing crime.
An anecdote of an experience you’ve had in policing that demonstrates why difference makes a difference in policing.
Having started my journey in the police on a busy and demanding LPA, I was very fortunate to be able to gain a lot of experience and attend varied and different jobs. As a Police Officer the nature of the jobs we attend are often different but also can be challenging, both physically and mentally. In all of these jobs the most crucial part for me is being able to communicate with sometimes the most vulnerable people in society and they can be either victims and even suspects. I recall moments of sitting with individuals that have had to be dealt with by the Police but also presented vulnerabilities and to just talk to them and give them the time to talk to someone, is really fulfilling.
The difference you hope to make on the Positive Action and Engagement Team (PAET).
Having had the opportunity to join the Team when it first started, has been an absolute privilege. Both collectively and individually we have achieved so much and still strive to do so much more. We have reached out to our most diverse communities, answered people’s concerns and shaped the organisation in improving and implemented new ways of working to support staff. I have had the opportunity to work with a Team of committed and dedicated officers who shared the same commitment and passion as I and looking forward to working with new Team members. As the next phase of this work begins we look to explore even more ways of working with our communities and encouraging careers in Policing.
One piece of advice or encouragement you’d give to someone apprehensive about joining.
The one piece of advice I would give is be proud of your true self and reflect on the qualities you can bring to policing. Ask the Team questions… as many as you like!
Be the change and join an organisation in which you will help people at their worst but also have the privilege in policing some great events but most of all be a part in keeping your communities safe.
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.