As part of a recent, week-long visit to Suffolk Constabulary, PolicingTV’s Bernard Rix met two members of Suffolk Constabulary’s Bury St Edmunds based Response team, PC Kizzy Waite and PC Katie Roberts.
They tell us about their work as well as what attracted them to a career in policing.
We also have an opportunity to take a look at their kit – radio, body worn video camera, PAVA spray, torch, handcuffs and baton – plus at the contents of, and the routine associated with, their police response car. “I’ve been a police officer for a year and a half, I’ve nearly come to the end of my probation. During your probation, you have a target that you have to meet: I’m probably at about 90% now, so I’ve got a little bit more to go”.
“On response, I have a workload that I have to deal with, I’ll go out to jobs from domestics to traffic incidents, it’s very varied, no day is the same!” “I’ve been in the police for five and a half years, so that’s a little bit longer. I’ve [worked on] response but I’ve also done a couple of other roles in my time. Like my colleague said, we deal with a variety of incidents, mainly doing initial response to all sorts of things: domestics, road traffic collisions, burglaries, mental health jobs, welfare checks…”.
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