A former GMP apprentice has spoken of his pride at becoming a police officer.
Connor Brown, from Oldham has been a part of the GMP family since he was 18-years old. During his time at The Force he has taken part in various apprentice roles including, admin, call handling and crime recording.
The 20-year old most recently worked as an operational support officer based in the Public Protection Team in Ashton. While there he was provided with the opportunity to join officers on warrants and gain insight into the role of an officer.
He said: “I have always wanted to be a police officer and from my point of view this has been the best way to do it. If anyone had told me about apprenticeships prior to this I would have thought they were being silly but now I would recommend it to anyone.
“I have learnt more this way than if I had just gone to university. It’s the best way of getting your name known around the organisation.
“I can’t wait to get starting my policing role, if anything the incidents from the last few weeks have shown me that I actually want to be at the front line doing what I can to help people in the best possible way.”
A former army Grenadier whose career highlights include, a tour of Afghanistan, being the first guardsman at the gates for the royal wedding and taking part in Troop of the Colour on three separate occasions is one of the latest people to become a student police officer.
Robert Froggatt, a former student of Hopwood Hall College has also been a PCSO for Greater Manchester Police and supported communities living in the Broughton area of Salford.
He said: “I left the army after my wife discovered she was pregnant with our first child and I’d found out that the recruitment process to become a police officer had opened. For me the end goal had always been to become a police officer so it was great.
The first time I applied I didn’t get in so I decided to apply as a PCSO. I stayed in the role for two and half years and supported the communities of Broughton.
I am really proud that I’ve been able to do the job that I’ve dreamed about since I was young.
Steven O’Brien, from Tameside has worked with GMP for ten years and is now moving to work in the front line as a police officer.
The 31-year old dad of one has worked in a variety of roles for the organisation including, custody detention officer for six years and working in the criminal records bureau for four years. He has also served as special constable for six years covering the Tameside area.
He said: “I’ve wanted to be a police officer from quite early on but unfortunately when I started looking ten years ago there weren’t any jobs available, so I made the decision to join the police as a civilian. I felt like I needed more experience before becoming a police officer which is why I made the move to work as a custody detention officer. I also wanted to know what it was like to work on the streets, so became a special constable.
“I feel like both of these experiences have equipped me with the knowledge and skills I need to become a successful police officer and I am proud to have achieved my dream. I am looking forward to making a difference for the community I grew up in and making it a safe place for everyone.”
A former amateur boxer who once represented England for the Four Nations is one of the latest people to become a student police officer.
Mohammad Hussain, 22, from Oldham first joined GMP as a special constable for 16 months before filling in the application to become a regular police officer.
He said: “This will be a challenging role but I am committed to becoming a success, developing new skills and helping people in the best way that I can.”
Singing teacher Dominic Dunne is swapping musical theatre for a police uniform.
The 24-year old from Stockport has already held roles as an apprentice for manufacturers Ford and Volkswagen. While there he fixed cars and worked in customer service.
He said: “As silly as it sounds I wanted to become a police officer because I wanted to be able to look back at my life in later years and know that I helped my community and my local area. I want to be able to help people.”
Dominic, who has also worked as a special constable for GMP, added that wearing the uniform of a special filled him with a sense of pride.
He said: “Helping people and wearing the police uniform fills me with a real sense of job satisfaction and it makes me feel honoured.”
Former cadet climbs the ranks to join GMP as a police officer.
Lizzy McGreevy from Tameside joined Greater Manchester Police as a cadet when she was just 16. Now aged 21, Lizzy has been able to go through the various levels of the cadet scheme, becoming head cadet before progressing to become team leader. The experiences have provided her with the opportunity to show leadership, teach and become a role model for younger cadets.
Following on from her time as a cadet Lizzy then became a special constable before completing her application to become a police officer.
She said: “My experiences as a cadet and special constable have driven me towards a role in the police. I have really enjoyed the whole process and I am now just hoping to be able to have a long and successful career ahead of me.
“I know that it will have its challenges but I am hoping the skills I have learnt will help me during my role.”
A former special constable was inspired into her new role as a police officer after working to support troubled families.
Sarah Dixon, 26 from Bury is a former council worker who regularly worked alongside police officers to support those families with complex cases.
She said: “I decided to first join up a special constable to see what it would be like and following from my first shift, I absolutely loved it. I was able to see how much of a difference I was able to make
“From that point onwards I knew that I wanted to have a career in policing
“It’s a career that I’ve always admired but it’s been working with people such as my former manager that have led me towards this path and I love it.
“My experience with people with mental health, child protection, domestic abuse and other issues will assist me in being able to make the right decision and now more than ever I feel excited and ready to get out there.
“Following on from the attack at the Arena I felt more than anything, frustrated that I wasn’t able to do anything. I just want to be able to do all that I can to help, learn and immerse myself in the community.”
Student police officer, Laura Moffatt’s first encounter with police came when she was just 11-years old and at her cousin’s funeral.
The 26-year old who lives in Salford saw how her uncle’s police colleagues supported him through the grief of his son’s death by providing a police escort including police motorbikes during his funeral.
Laura, originally from Warrington, said: “It was a lovely funeral but more than anything it was at that point I knew that I wanted to be a part of that kind of family. I realised quite early on that there aren’t many places where people will look after you, the way you are looked after when part of the police family.
“Over the years it has been at the back of my mind and I have since taken part in a public service course in college and have also been a special constable for Cheshire Constabulary. I have also worked as a call handler and a radio operator and I feel like these experiences have given me an insight for my role as a police officer.
“I can’t wait to start my role as a police officer. My journey to get here has really shown me the importance of staying determined to achieve your goal.”
Not happy with a desk job, Amy Fogarty can’t wait to begin her role as a police officer.
The 23-year old from Sale who has previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity said: “I always wanted a job that would give me the chance to be out and about speaking to people and I think the role of a police officer gives you that opportunity.
“For me this job isn’t just about arresting people, it’s about making a difference to people’s lives. I hope to have a long and successful career where I can make use of my masters in counter terrorism.”
Corin Willans, 23, from Ashton, follows in footsteps of her father, grandfather and great uncle in joining the police force.
Before joining Greater Manchester Police, Corin spent three years volunteering with the Victim Support and Witness Service in Wigan. Here, Corin helped provide local people with confidential support in dealing with the effects of crime.
At same time Corin also volunteered in the Wigan Youth Zone, helping young people with opportunities to learn new skills and achieve their potential.
Corin then worked in the HM Prison Service providing operational support. Duties included checking in and supervising visitors and helping with building and property searches.
Speaking on what motivated Corin to join the force, she said: “From a young age I would listen my dad, granddad and great uncle talk about what had happened during their shifts, who they had arrested, who they helped. I knew from then that I wanted to join the Force and help people just like them.
Corin continued: “My volunteering experience and role at the prison have provided me with a range of skills, which will be a great benefit to me in my future role as a police officer.
“Combined with the police training we are all receiving, I feel confident in approaching difficult situations, especially with those which require a level of sensitivity. My past youth work will also help in dealing with our young people in the community, on how to be approachable and build a level of mutual trust.
“I know there will be challenges ahead, but with the support from my fellow officers, I’m really looking forward to helping our communities.”
Corin will be based at the Wigan Division, where her father Barrie Willans also currently serves as police constable.
Barrie Willans, said: “Being a police officer is a hard job but I can’t say it’s not enjoyable. As an officer you do things that most people wouldn’t do but I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do. I’m so proud of Corin for doing this, as a family she has our full support and I know her mother is in awe of what she is doing.”