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Aaron Ji Chen PC 3789 - Oxclose Lane

What is your role?

I am a Response Officer based at Oxclose Lane.

When did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I joined as a volunteer more than six years ago now and I’ve been very fortunate to be able to progress - I joined as a Special Constable in 2012, progressed to a PCSO in 2013 and became a Police Constable in 2015.

Why did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

Nottingham is my second home now and I like to serve and protect my home. Nottinghamshire Police have set the target to be the number one force in the country and I want to be a part of that.

Have you had to face any challenging and new experiences?

There are a number of personal challenges that I’ve had to overcome including the language barrier, but also dealing with violent and abusive situations.

What’s been your proudest moment?

I think most officers would say the same, as it’s very emotional, but to take the oath to become a police officer was certainly a very proud moment for me.

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

From the minute you put on the uniform, you are in a position to help people and stop people doing dangerous and illegal things. At the moment, I am a non-response driver, which means I cannot use the blue light to respond to jobs, so the control room generally send me to ‘pink’ jobs, which are Grade 2 incidents. Sometimes I’ll be responding to jobs on my own -

About 60% of the incidents I attend will be domestic related, which can range from a violent crime to two people who cannot get on with each other. The remainder are normally RTCs, criminal damage and violence against the person.

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

I’ve worked with so many people already in my time with Nottinghamshire Police. I helped Beeston NPT with a project with Chinese communities as a volunteer and I also organised two Polish events when I was working as a PCSO. I worked very closely with members of the community from Signpost to Polish Success (SPS) to build a strong relationship with the local Polish community.

What’s the best part of your role?

I’ve loved every single role so far - they are all so different.

I loved my time as a PCSO as it gave me time to work on projects that I believed would help our force and the communities we serve. I also love being a PC, as I can use my power to fight crime! When you grow up as a child, you dream of turning on that blue light and arresting criminals. I love all aspects of my job.

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

I’d simply say that this is the best job in the world.