Police officer: Q&A
We asked PC Emma Drew some questions about being a police
Why did you become a police officer?
I decided I wanted to be a police officer when I was 11 years
old as I wanted a job where I could help people. I liked the
variety of the job, as every day would be different and
unpredictable and presented a challenge that I was interested
The thought of being out and about, meeting and helping people,
appealed to me, rather than being stuck in an office.
What do police officers do when they are at
Police officers do lots of different types of jobs but the
police officers you see in uniform spend a lot of time trying to
solve crime and help people.
A police officer will usually be assigned to one of the
52 Safer Neighbourhood Teams across Norfolk. Each team
has priorities assigned to it. These are issues that residents
living in the area would like to see resolved.
These issues can range from drug related issues or
anti-social behaviour to parking or speeding concerns. It is this
diverse mix of issues that makes the job varied, as we try to
keep Norfolk as one of the safest counties.
What happens if someone needs your help?
The police answer a call for help at the Contact and Control
Room where an initial assessment is made as to the type of call,
which can range from providing the caller with advice to dealing
with emergency situations.
In an emergency, the Contact and Control Room uses a
sophisticated vehicle tracking system called AVLS (Automatic
Vehicle Location System). This ensures that the closest, most
appropriate police resource is sent out, whether this
be an immediate response vehicle, a safer neighbourhood
policing car, or a specialist unit.
We could also be called on our radio, which is like a
special mobile phone as you can even text from it! Our radios
are designed in a way so that conversations cannot be
overheard by people using radio scanners.
In addition, they have an inbuilt navigation system that allows
the Contact and Control Room to track us, which means that if I
require immediate assistance, I can push an emergency button and
everybody will know where I am, without me even needing to
What do you carry when you're at work?
I carry lots of different things and most of them are to help
keep me safe, like my radio, CS spray and a baton.
The most usual type of baton is called a "PR24" and when fully
extended is 24" long. This can be used to protect members of the
public or myself by using special striking and blocking moves that
I've been taught. It can also be used to restrain someone
who is violent.
I also have to carry handcuffs everywhere I go that would be
used to restrain someone or prevent them from trying to escape.
As there is a lot of paperwork involved, I need to keep notes,
so a pocket note book is essential.
How can I find out more?
Police main website has a section on there about being a police
I would also recommend the website Police
Could You? It even includes a 'Test your judgement' section
that tests your decision-making skills in real-life situations to
see if you have what it takes to be a good police officer.