Working for us - Inspector Gurmit Kaur
Inspector 2185 Gurmit Kaur – Community Cohesion Inspector
What is your role?
I am a Community Cohesion Inspector at Central Police Station.
I am passionate about and committed to my policing career. I am very much victim and community-led, putting their needs first by being flexible in my working hours and days, making myself available to the communities who we do not engage well with and discussing crimes affecting them so they can be addressed.
Why did you join Nottinghamshire Police?
I am a local city girl and from the age of 13 I wanted to be a police officer. I’ve always wanted to help others, especially in diverse communities who had mistrust with the Police.
What’s been your proudest moment?
There have been many proud moments during my career.
I became the county’s first female Asian Sergeant in 2003 and Inspector in 2006.
Policing an area that I grew up in being one of the most diverse areas of Nottinghamshire, I was able to build links with communities and partner agencies improving the quality of lives for the local citizens through addressing local crime and problems affecting the community.
In 2016 I was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for my services to policing. It was a truly memorable and surreal day and I had the pleasure to speak to the Queen about my work.
I’ve been lucky enough to be recognised for my work by the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards in November 2016 and also being presented with an award from the Karimia Institute and the Indian Community Centre for my work within the communities.
Through my work, I’ve been able to open doors for other Asian women to seriously consider policing as a possible career for them to pursue.
The acknowledgment was very humbling and I am extremely proud to be working for Nottinghamshire Police.
During your time at Nottinghamshire Police, which different roles and projects have you been involved in?
I spent six years as Neighbourhood Policing Inspector in an area that I grew up in - New Basford, Hyson Green and Forest Fields before taking up my current post as Community Cohesion Inspector.
In my current role I bring my skills and knowledge to work in partnership with Nottingham City Council, continuing to increase levels of trust and confidence particularly within the BME communities.
Other responsibilities of my role include a number of areas that present significant risk and harm, not only to police but to the wider services and the communities who we work with every day.
Away from work, I worked in youth services which gave me a good grounding when I worked within the community safety department as a youth issues officer to reduce youth victims and youth criminalisation by using a number of tools such as delivering programmes including Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), Project Respect and applying Restorative Justice in schools. I have worked in many other areas of policing- Child Abuse Investigation Unit, operational response and Custody. To keep my operational experience up to date I perform bronze commander for Night Time Economy for the City centre.
What’s the best part of your role?
There are many parts of the job which are rewarding.
Building links with new and emerging communities in our county with a view to raising their trust to engage/report incidents affecting them and seeking opportunities how to prevent and protect them with other agencies.
I coordinate and disseminate information of the Key Individual Networks, for both the police and Nottingham City Council concerning critical or significant incidents.
I coordinate between the Police and Crime Commissioner, Police and Nottingham City Council to bring together Muslim communities in relation to addressing issues affecting their communities such as hate incidents and violence.
What would you say to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?
With recruitment opening in January 2017, it is an ideal opportunity to bring to the community’s attention the fantastic opportunities available to them.
I’d encourage you to register your interest and apply, as working for Nottinghamshire Police is a hugely inspirational and rewarding role.
Policing to me has always been about meeting the needs of the community to keep them safe by reducing crime and keeping them safe by listening to the many vibrant and diverse groups that live here in Nottingham.
I’m delighted I have the opportunity to do the work that I do, particularly in improving trust and confidence within communities, which is one of the force’s priorities.