A SPECIAL Constable who has dedicated more than 500 hours to policing Solihull in three months has spoken about life on the front line as a volunteer.
Katie-May Davies dedicates her free time to West Midlands Police in between studying towards her full-time degree at Birmingham City University.
During Katie’s time as a Special Constable she has been recognised for her amazing contributions and dedication to policing. She was awarded an Outstanding Citizen Award and has been recognised by senior leaders for her commitment to volunteering.
Katie said: “I’ve always wanted to be a police officer, so I joined West Midlands Police when I began my full-time degree to gain practical experience alongside the academia from my degree.
“The best thing about this job is not knowing what is coming next. One minute you’re on general patrol, speaking to members of the community and the next you’re on a blue light run or involved in a pursuit.
“Over the last three months I have responded to a number of incidents, such as executing a successful warrant for modern day slavery and sex trafficking which saw multiple arrests and a woman being safeguarded, a violent disorder, medical emergencies to deliver first aid and an incident involving a man who was suffering a mental health crisis.
“I have visited local schools and had the opportunity to police some local community events in Solihull.”
When she is not working as a special Katie spends her time studying for the national pre-join policing degree, which she is due to finish in the summer. Once graduated Katie hopes to become a full-time police constable.
Speaking of what she enjoys about being on the beat in Solihull, Katie said: “The community spirit that can be seen across Solihull is something I admire and a big reason why I love being a police officer across the LEOS (local policing) area.
“The support that I get from officers on my team is something that I feel is unique to working in Solihull, and that is something that – alongside being involved in the community and making a difference to people – makes policing so enjoyable.”