Working for us - Inspector Sukesh Verma
Inspector Sukesh Verma – Contact Management - Nottinghamshire Police - Force Control Room
What is your role?
I am currently an Inspector within the Force Control room after several years as a Pc, Sgt and then Inspector on the East Midlands Operational Support Services (formerly Operational Support as a firearms officer and team leader). I am a current tactical firearms commander and force mentor. Away from work, I also provide inputs to University’s around decision making and Unconscious Bias.
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 plenty of incidents throughout in-between in the control room. Every day is different and bring fresh challenges.
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.