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Pete Shaw PC 2856 – Manager of the Bestwood Beat Team

Having started his career with Nottinghamshire Police 13-and-a-half years ago, PC Pete Shaw is sure he wouldn’t find the sheer variety of experiences and job satisfaction working anywhere else.  Here he gives more insight into the role he enjoys so much.

What is your role?

I have been manager of the Bestwood beat team since 2012. When I joined the Force, after I’d just turned 20, I started off on response in West Bridgford.

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

In my current Beat Manager role my normal routine will include checking the incidents that have occurred since I’ve been on duty and reviewing any intelligence relating to my beat. It’s just about knowing everything that we’ve been doing on our beat and linking in with relevant partner agencies. I’ll also go out to our problem areas, knowing which individuals we’re looking for, and also visit any repeat victims of crime. You can make plans as to how you’re going to organise your day but there could be a spontaneous incident which you have to deal with so you need to be flexible and able to prioritise.

What’s the best part of your role?

The level of variety which I don’t think I’d ever get in any other job. As a beat officer you are used for football matches, night-time economy shifts, public order incidents, court security for big trials, evidence gathering and many other tasks. You can go from dealing with a hostile domestic incident,  a fight in the street or a sudden death to doing positive public engagements at big events like the Goose Fair. Every day is different.

I also enjoy helping people and interacting with people, helping victims of crime to solve their issues.As a Beat Manager I also enjoy the team-working ethos and having the freedom to focus on what you want to, to be able to take that little bit of extra time to problem solve and look into issues in more detail.

What’s your proudest moment?

Probably going right back to the start of my career - the passing out parade at the end of my training. I always wanted to be a police officer, I never thought of doing anything else. The passing out parade was when I realised I was at the beginning of what I’d always wanted to do.

Can you recall any significant crimes you’ve helped to solve?

One that sticks out was when I helped to catch an armed robber in the city while I was being tutored. I was with my tutor in the car and as we came around the corner we were behind the suspect’s stolen vehicle. We followed him as he pulled into a restaurant car park. We parked up next to him, blocking the car door, before I chased the suspect on foot. It was my first foot chase and I managed to arrest him and escort him to our Bridewell Custody Suite.

Working for us - PC Pete Shaw