Working for us - Inspector Sukesh Verma
Inspector Sukesh Verma – Project Manager - East Midlands Operational Support Services
What is your role?
I am currently a Temporary Inspector for East Midlands Operational Support Services (EMOpSS) based in with the senior leadership team, specifically focusing on the project management of the regional collaboration between Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
When did you join Nottinghamshire Police?
I joined in 2002 after spending three years at Loughborough University studying politics and a further year out working for Adidas in India and South Africa.
Why did you join Nottinghamshire Police?
I have always been interested in a career within the police. I always liked the idea of having variety in my job and the police certainly offers that!
I have close family members who served for Nottinghamshire Police, and I grew up in a local police house, so you could say it was in my blood.
I initially submitted an application to the Metropolitan Police service, and was accepted but I was tired of being away from family and friends.
I transferred my application to Nottinghamshire, and within a month I was starting.
Have you had to face any challenging or new experiences?
My whole career has been a challenge. I started at Carlton, which ironically was my father’s first positing, so many of the officers and staff I worked with kept calling me the wrong name to start with! The culture was different, even back then. Overt discrimination was still prevalent, and I always felt that I had to prove myself, perhaps more than my counterparts.
The Dynamic Intervention Course (Hostage Rescue) was possibility the toughest- and longest- seven weeks of my career, and a challenge I look back fondly upon, albeit only after completing, of course!
What’s been your proudest moment?
Without a doubt, becoming a father! Work-wise – I was proud to pass my firearms course and join the Force’s Operational Support Division (OSD) as an Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officer in 2006.
Being promoted to sergeant and leading a dedicated, motivated and close-knit shift in Group 1 and achieving a score in the top percentile nationally, in both the sergeants and inspectors Objective Structured Performance Related Examination (OSPRE) exams was a great source of pride for me.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
Early starts, late finishes and lots of traffic on the M1 travelling to Leicestershire HQ – with a few meetings and plenty of thinking in between.
During your time at Nottinghamshire Police, which different roles/teams/projects have you been involved in?
I worked on response until 2005 when I joined the then-South Notts Divisional Support Unit (DSU).
I joined OSD as a firearms officer in 2006 and was promoted to sergeant in the same role. This was a great role as an operational firearms commander and team leader alongside my role as a specialist firearms officer.
I moved into the inspectors post in 2016, which is a very different role, with responsibility for the EMOpSS collaboration and a wide variety of senior project management.
I still have an active interest in projects I helped launch including Transformation through Education, Tap the Gap and the independent advisory groups within Nottingham.
What’s the best part of your role?
Trying to make a difference.
What would you say to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?
Make a plan, have an idea of where you want to get to and prepare for the unexpected! It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.