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Special Constable 5092 Wayne Cliff – EMOpSS

What is your role?

I am a Special Police Constable and have volunteered for Nottinghamshire Police for more than 26 years.

When did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I joined way back in the summer months of June 1990 as a volunteer Officer

Why did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I think there were a couple of reasons and they are still relevant now.

I have always been interested in a career within in Law or policing and the opportunity to work as a Special Constable gave me a real insight.

The role has given me, and continues to provide  me, some fantastic life skills, training and experiences, which has helped me develop not only on the interpersonal level but also my career pathway.

The second reason was that it was clear to me in the 90s that there were not many BME within the force and I  wanted to try and dispel some of the negative stereotypes around policing and be a positive influence on others within the black  and wider community.

The role has given me a fantastic career and I am delighted that I made the right decision.

Have you had to face any challenging and new experiences?

Having worked for the Force for so long, you can imagine the number of incidents I have encountered. Obviously there are many traumatic and demanding situations I have experienced.

You have to deal with everything, from sudden deaths to facing armed individuals, it can be a very demanding and challenging role, with no two shifts being identical, the position will challenge you both physically and mentally, but you work as a team and will have the training, equipment and support of colleagues and partner agencies.

You also attend numerous events and engage with the local community and build relationships with local agencies, community groups and businesses who really appreciate your time and what you are doing within community. You soon also see that there is plenty of good nature in the local community. You realise that there is a real sense of public spirit within Nottinghamshire which makes you feel proud you can make a difference.

What’s been your proudest moment?

It was a hugely proud moment to be awarded a 20 years’ service award by the Chief Constable.

My whole family were invited to the ceremony, it was a large occasion with civic dignitaries, members of the public, police staff, police officers and other volunteers present.

It was a fantastic moment for my family – who were and still are very proud of my achievements, especially as they had been on the journey with me. Their support has been fantastic. It was brilliant to get that praise and recognition from the Force.

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

I have worked on a number of teams. As a Special Constable you are primarily based within the local neighbourhoods but do also get the opportunity to undertake various other roles within the organisation. The role is so varied and I have worked with crime prevention, road policing teams, burglary teams, night time economy, response policing, football matches, missing person’s enquiries, licensing operations and also joint operations with British transport police.

At present I am currently based on a new East Midlands operational support team which includes our regional Tactical Roads and armed Policing teams, Dogs, and territorial support teams across the East midlands, covering Nottinghamshire Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

What’s the best part of your role?

For me there is so many to choose from but I really enjoy what I originally joined Nottinghamshire police for 26 years ago and that is community policing, being approachable and making a difference within local community.

I also enjoy working alongside colleagues and partner agencies at local football matches, this type of policing is unique and for me provides me with an opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, back grounds and various parts of the country, it can be extremely intense and demanding, but also rewarding knowing that you have ensured working with others thousands of people have enjoyed themselves at a safe and peaceful environment.

I am also looking forward to the new the challenges of working on the new East Midlands operational support teams.

The good thing about this role is that there are so many departments that you will find something that will interest you.

Having been a volunteer for so long I have also built up lifelong friendships with colleagues and volunteers within the organisation.

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

I would say it is a challenging profession, but very rewarding. It is demanding but the nature of the work gives you so many rewards by being able to change someone’s life.

Volunteering for me was a way of not just giving something back but at the same time providing me with invaluable life experiences and skills that enable me to help others.

I have seen many changes in my time and I am very proud to be in a position to serve such a diverse community.

None of this would have been possible without the support of family, friends, fellow Specials and colleagues within Nottinghamshire Police.