Meet Student Officer Ellen Bowser
PC Ellen Bowser is one of our new student officers on our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). We caught up with Ellen to learn more about her journey and how she is finding her training so far.
Ellen, what attracted you to policing? I wanted to work in the public services and help people. Any day where I wake up and make a difference to someone’s life or do something positive for the world is a good day, and this job gives me that opportunity. To me, the role looked exciting, varied, challenging, and allowed me to make a difference and genuinely help people who need it.
“Training is exciting and abundant with growth and change.”
I’m currently in foundation training at our Training Centre in Sulhamstead. We train in small groups (around nineteen recruits) and are taught by officers who have years of experience in different roles. It is a fantastic insight into the world of policing; the requirements of a police officer on response are much higher than I imagined and I have even more respect for serving officers than I did before I started.
The process so far has been eye-opening, intense, exciting, full of comradery and team work, split between practical work and paperwork, and abundant with growth and change. I have developed as a person in knowledge, self-confidence and self-awareness in bounds.
“The police are the public and the public are the police”
We learn a lot in training how important diversity is in policing. A large part of policing is understanding people’s backgrounds, cultures and communities. The best way we can do this is to have members of those different backgrounds in the police. A highly diverse police service is important and beneficial so that the public can see themselves reflected in us, to feel protected and trust the police.
Your training will be over soon and you will be moving to our Local Policing Area (LPA), what are you most looking forward to? I am most looking forward to meeting the team that I will be spending the next stage of policing with and also going out into the public and upholding the law. I’m ready to provide support for those on their worse days and seeing the difference that I can make. I am curious to see the skills I have learned in foundation training be put into practise and I can’t wait to serve to the public; every day will be different and I welcome the challenge.
What would you say to others considering policing? The opportunities are endless, the possibility of qualifications and degrees is great, and the variety of roles means the job will never be the same.
This job is a lifestyle and one that really suits certain people – those looking for excitement, progression, teamwork and real job satisfaction etc. And the cliché is true; you get out what you put in.
Thames Valley Police (TVP) is actively looking for people to be the difference they want to see in their communities. To find out more about a career as a Police Officer with TVP – including the realities of working on response, initial training, and to apply to become a Police Officer please visit our Police Officer page.