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Amie Whitehouse PC 3309 - Beat Manager for the Mansfield Town Centre area.

Why did you join the Force?

I joined Nottinghamshire Police as a Special Constable about 15 years ago and a few years later as a full-time member of clerical staff at the Bridewell Custody Suite and the PNC Bureau, before applying to be a PCSO and then a Police Constable.

Have you had to face any challenging/new experiences in your time as a PC?

I became pregnant with twins in my probationary phase which was rudely interrupted by the arrival of my son and daughter and put on hold for 13 months while I got them to a stage where I could reasonably return to work.  I returned to work on a part-time basis and slowly built my confidence to finish my probationary period and SOLAP/Foundation Degree.

The Force has supported me in my journey every step of the way and accommodated me in ways that I wouldn’t have believed possible.  After almost nine years, I’m still part time but my family is flourishing and I’ve been allowed to move into a role I enjoy and which also benefits my home life.

What’s the best part of your role?

For me, I enjoy getting out and about talking to people and being nosey and determined to get problems solved that affect everyday people - just like me.

Working as a team on a decent job is a buzz and I work with lots of willing colleagues who love being involved and feeling like they’ve made a difference to somebody. I love my role and wouldn't change a thing.

What’s your proudest moment as a PC?

I think one of my proudest moments was passing my driving course, as it terrified me and I never thought I’d get through it! I was so chuffed I did it and passed first time. My children are also quite impressed that I can drive on blue lights!

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

My day is a bit different to that of a Response colleague, however, I come in to the Partnership Hub, have a team briefing and then get started with my workload. As a Beat Manager I deal with on-going issues that can’t resolved in a single visit and might need research and other agencies to be involved. It is very much a problem-solving role and can be quite frustrating at times, but also very rewarding when something you’ve been working on for ages finally comes good.

What advice would you give to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?

If you think that being a parent and having children will hold you back and stop you from being a PC - it won’t. Of course the organisation has to keep the cogs turning - but you will be supported and you can juggle it all and do this job.

Have the confidence to give it your best shot and you won’t be sorry – your family will be proud of you!