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Inspector Sukesh Verma – Contact Management - Nottinghamshire Police - Force Control Room

What is your role?

I am currently an Inspector within the Force Control room after several years as a Pc, Sgt and then Inspector on the East Midlands Operational Support Services (formerly Operational Support as a firearms officer and team leader). I am a current tactical firearms commander and force mentor. Away from work, I also provide inputs to University’s around decision making and Unconscious Bias.

When did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I joined in 2002 after spending three years at Loughborough University studying politics and a further year out working for Adidas in India and South Africa.

Why did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I have always been interested in a career within the police. I always liked the idea of having variety in my job and the police certainly offers that!

I have close family members who served for Nottinghamshire Police, and I grew up in a local police house, so you could say it was in my blood.

I initially submitted an application to the Metropolitan Police service, and was accepted but I was tired of being away from family and friends.

I transferred my application to Nottinghamshire, and within a month I was starting.

Have you had to face any challenging or new experiences?

My whole career has been a challenge. I started at Carlton, which ironically was my father’s first positing, so many of the officers and staff I worked with kept calling me the wrong name to start with! The culture was different, even back then. Overt discrimination was still prevalent, and I always felt that I had to prove myself, perhaps more than my counterparts.

The Dynamic Intervention Course (Hostage Rescue) was possibility the toughest- and longest- seven weeks of my career, and a challenge I look back fondly upon, albeit only after completing, of course!

What’s been your proudest moment? 

Without a doubt, becoming a father! Work-wise – I was proud to pass my firearms course and join the Force’s Operational Support Division (OSD) as an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officer in 2006.

Being promoted to sergeant and leading a dedicated, motivated and close-knit shift in Group 1 and achieving a score in the top percentile nationally, in both the sergeants and inspectors Objective Structured Performance Related Examination (OSPRE) exams was a great source of pride for me.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Early starts, late finishes and plenty of incidents throughout in-between in the control room. Every day is different and bring fresh challenges.

During your time at Nottinghamshire Police, which different roles/teams/projects have you been involved in? 

I worked on response until 2005 when I joined the then-South Notts Divisional Support Unit (DSU).

 I joined OSD as a firearms officer in 2006 and was promoted to sergeant in the same role. This was a great role as an operational firearms commander and team leader alongside my role as a specialist firearms officer.

I moved into the inspectors post in 2016, which is a very different role, with responsibility for the EMOpSS collaboration and a wide variety of senior project management.

I still have an active interest in projects I helped launch including Transformation through Education, Tap the Gap and the independent advisory groups within Nottingham.

What’s the best part of your role?

Trying to make a difference.

What would you say to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?

Make a plan, have an idea of where you want to get to and prepare for the unexpected! It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.