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PC 3724 Kayley Oppon-Kusi - Oxclose Lane

What is your role?

I am a Response Officer at Oxclose Lane Police Station.

When did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I joined in February 2014, so it’s coming up to three years working for the Force.

Why did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I joined the police for several reasons.

Firstly because I wanted a job with the opportunity to progress and with the variety and challenges that being a police officer brings.

Secondly, I joined Nottinghamshire Police because I saw it as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the police and people from minority ethnic communities, such as my own.

Have you had to face any challenging or new experiences?

I have had to face many challenges since joining the police, but as I have become more confident in my role, I’ve become less sensitive to the opinions of others.

I have developed the ability to respond in such a way as to challenge the behaviour of others and hopefully broaden the minds of many closed minded people.

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

A typical day as a police officer usually starts by checking emails and getting up-to-date with any admin from the previous shift.

Normally within an hour of starting the shift, the control room will start to allocate jobs which are graded according to their urgency.

As a Response Officer we generally attend urgent and immediate jobs.

Once allocated the job, I will attend, often using the blue lights on the marked police vehicle, and travel above road speed in order to get to the location as quickly as possible.

Once at the location, I will speak to the parties involved and either complete statements or make an arrest where required.

Prisoners are then transported to the Bridewell Custody Suite and I return back to the police station to complete the paper work.

Once this process is complete I will make myself available for the next incident and start the process all over again.

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

I have remained on response for the duration of my time as a police officer, however as part of my training I have had the opportunity to spend some time in various other departments including the Criminal Investigation Department, Child Abuse Unit and the Prisoner Handling Team.

What’s the best part of your role?

The best part of the job is the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped someone in some way whether big or small.

99% of people that I deal with are happy to see us and are happy with the service they receive.

Just our mere attendance gives that little bit of reassurance that people need from time-to-time.

For some of the more serious incidents we attend, the satisfaction comes from knowing that my actions have gone some way to protecting someone or helping them to get the justice they deserve as a victim of crime.

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

For anyone wanting to join the police I would say that there’s something for everyone.

It’s such a varied role with so many opportunities to go into different areas of work. It’s a role that is challenging, but also exciting.

The Force needs ambitious people to move through the ranks and have an influence not only on the internal workings of the Force, but also to reflect the communities that we serve.