/ Profile: Special Constable Ola

Why did you join the GMP Special Constabulary?

The perception amongst my friends, who are part of the black community, is that they feel as though they are treated differently by the Police and whilst I didn’t share their thoughts I didn’t really have an opinion either way. This prompted me to question this and look into this further. From doing so I was surprised to come across an article that detailed how few black people were in the Force. Once I found this information I started to question my friends about this and the general perception was that whilst some of them would have been interested in applying for the role, they felt it was not a job for somebody within the black community.

This really didn’t sit well with me and I decided to challenge this as I really wanted to make a difference and felt I had a lot to offer. I have been a Special Constable for almost 3 years; since then I have never looked back and truly enjoy the experience. I have found the majority of the Police Officers to be really personable and very fair and dedicated to helping people and doing the right thing. I am confident that there are many people within my community who would make fantastic Police Officers and as a result of my experience I have even introduced someone who is now in the role and I am continuing to spread the word about what a great opportunity this is to really make a difference to both the community and the people within it.

What are the best bits about being a Special?

The gratitude from the victims you help is the greatest feeling and I find this truly rewarding. I particularly thrive on heading out into something that's totally unpredictable and I can honestly say that no two shifts are ever the same and this really has given me great experience to deal with any situation. I have gained some real-life experience in a role that holds a lot of responsibility. The feeling that people feel safer because they see you on patrol is really important to me and gives me a real sense of personal satisfaction. My role as a Special Constable has further enhanced my strong people skills and this has also helped me in my day job as a leader.

How do you balance your work/social life with your responsibilities of being a Special?

Being a Special Constable is a voluntary role where you are requested to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours duty each month. As a father and a full-time employee, it’s important to me to spend quality time with my family and at the same time fulfil my duty as a Special Constable. I always ensure I organise this so that I can give my full attention and care to the role when I am on duty whilst maintaining a healthy work life balance.

Would you recommend this volunteering opportunity to others?

Yes, I love this role. It's all about having the heart and dedication towards helping others and considering people’s differing
situations. I may not be able to change the world but this is a role where you really can make a difference to somebody's life and this is what I really thrive upon.

 If you are interested in becoming a Special Constable, please email Special.Constabulary@gmp.police.uk


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