In policing, no two days are the same and no two careers are the same.
No two police officers are the same either, but we are united in our goal to help keep people safe.
There is also no right path to joining the police.
I left school in the summer of 2017, unsure of what career I wanted to choose however aware I wanted something that would push me physically and mentally.
I always had the police in mind but wanted life skills and experience before applying and to be able to prove I could work hard.
Over the next four years, I worked within the public sector to gain as much work experience as possible, and also took the time to make sure I was certain the role of a police officer was what I wanted.
At the start of 2021, I submitted my application and hoped for the best.
It was a nervous time however I was thankfully successful and the next thing I knew I was starting my training at Tulliallan police college.
Two years’ probation
Later that year I joined my team at Bucksburn Police Station and was warmly welcomed by everyone.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover how closely all the teams work together across the city, and was encouraged to know I have the support of my colleagues from across the ranks.
It is also helpful that so many of my colleagues have extensive knowledge in specific areas that they are passionate about – such as road policing or firearms – who I can learn from and take that knowledge with me through my career.
On joining the police service, officers serve a probationary period of two years during which time you have various exams to pass and required standards to meet.
I am currently a year into my probation and have already learnt so much. I have also been fortunate enough to be involved in the policing response to major events including COP26 in Glasgow and the visit of our Prime Minister to Balmoral to meet the late Her Majesty the Queen.
It is by no means an easy job and learning to juggle long challenging shifts whilst studying for exams was something I had to quickly get used to.
Have you got what it takes?
In saying this, I would have it no other way. Knowing that you can achieve the goals set out for you, that you once thought were too far out of reach, is the most rewarding experience.
Police Scotland offers a wide variety of career progression and there are endless dedicated specialised departments to explore.
It excites me to know I have opened up opportunities for myself for future career progression that are attainable should I work hard and set myself goals.
Police Scotland is running the latest phase of its recruitment campaign, encouraging the public to consider joining the force.
To discover how you can make a difference to your community, visit the Police Scotland website.