A chance conversation with a close friend during her University days led to Lisa Winward joining the police in 1993 as a Special Constable in York. This led to her deciding that “this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life… being able to help people, having that opportunity – a privilege, really – of helping people less fortunate than myself”.
In this Policing Friendship Tour video for PolicingTV, recorded on a wet and windy day in Northallerton (hence recorded inside North Yorkshire Police’s Headquarters), and now as North Yorkshire’s Chief Constable, Lisa Winward tells PolicingTV’s Founder and Publisher, Bernard Rix, about her full time policing career with, initially, Humberside Police in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Hull, then moving back to York and North Yorkshire Police.
Published in two parts, Lisa talks in part about the challenges associated with moving from one police force to another – even though the legal system is the same for North Yorkshire and Humberside, there were (and are) key differences! As Lisa says, “Policing is the same, but the context might change, and provides a real opportunity for new ways of doing things”.
She encourages others to consider a role as a Special Constable, and indeed joining the police as a police officer, member of police staff, or police volunteer in wider roles. Lisa also looks at her personal experiences, including as a woman joining a then male-dominated police service, and considers how policing has changed during the last thirty years.
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