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CC Alex Murray: Discussing the challenges and tragedies in policing

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Chief Constable Alex Murray provides an introduction to West Mercia Police and his career in policing. West Mercia Police is the fourth largest police force in the UK, covering several counties and both rural and urban areas.

He discusses the appeal of policing as an adventure with a purpose and highlights the profound difference that police officers can make in people’s lives.

He also reflects on some of the challenges and tragedies he has encountered in his career. Overall, Murray emphasizes the privilege and impact of policing.

  • West Mercia Police is the fourth largest police force in the UK, covering several counties and both rural and urban areas.
  • Policing offers an adventure with a purpose and the opportunity to make a profound difference in people’s lives.
  • Challenges in policing include bureaucracy, high demand, and frustrations with decision-making and accountability frameworks.
  • Tragedies and exposure to the worst in humanity can have a significant impact on police officers.
  • Cynicism and negativity within the police force can be a challenge that needs to be addressed.
  • Policing is a privilege and officers should remember the impact they can make on people’s lives.

Sound Bites

  • “I get to chase robbers which is the adventure, I get to please the victim and I get paid.”
  • “No one else has access to making this amount of difference.”


00:00 Introduction to West Mercia Police
02:06 Policing as an Adventure with a Purpose
05:01 The Privilege and Impact of Policing
10:18 Challenges and Tragedies in Policing
12:39 Addressing Cynicism and Negativity in the Police Force

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