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“I joined the police to challenge stereotypes”

August 2, 2020
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When Kamran Najeeb applied to become a police officer, he had one goal in mind – to break down stereotypes.

Moving to the UK from Kashmir in Pakistan to study at Castle College in 2010, 33-year-old Kamran always wanted to make a difference to the local community.

From working as a Community Protection Officer from Radford Road Police Station to becoming a Police Community Support Officer, Kamran says he was inspired by Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Riz Khan to join the force as a regular.

Kamran said: “I had always wanted to have a career devoted to helping people and giving something back to the community.

“From working as a community protection officer and police community support officer, I knew I wanted to become a police officer. 

“Inspector Riz Khan really inspired me to join Nottinghamshire Police as a police constable. I had worked with him from Radford Road Police Station and he has been a great role model to me.

“Now that I am a police officer, I am committed to breaking down stereotypes that police only employ a certain type of person and I want the public we serve to feel that their force represents them.”

During his time in the force, Kamran feels that he has been welcomed and treated with kindness and respect and wants anyone who is thinking about joining the police to understand that they will be embraced as part of the team, regardless of faith and ethnicity.

Kamran said: “I want Asian people to see policing as a viable career opportunity and for people in Asian communities to understand that their police force is there for them.

“I have supported colleagues in the force since joining as a CPO on issues that may involve people from different cultures and feel that the team has a real appetite for learning more – I hope that I have been helpful.

“I have also found that victims of crime sometimes find it easier talking to someone who they can identify with.”

Since joining the force, Kamran has been involved in helping with a number of incidents and worked closely with the community from Radford Road Police Station.

He said: “I have spoken in schools to encourage young people from a variety of backgrounds to join the force and that has been really rewarding.

“The police offers so many opportunities and I would absolutely recommend joining the force if you are thinking about it.

“The new University of Derby fast track degree is something that I feel is an incredible way into policing as you get a degree and get to do the practical side of the job too.

“It’s definitely worth considering if you are looking into law enforcement as a career.

“I am proud to be an officer at Nottinghamshire Police.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Riz Khan said: “Kamran has shown dedication, passion and commitment from the very beginning and has all the makings of a fine police officer.

“He has been a great part of our team while working with us and it has been a pleasure to support him on his journey into policing.

“Kamran has a fine career ahead of him – he really is a role model to anyone considering joining the force and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

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