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PC 3648 Simon Reid – Top Valley Beat Manager, Oxclose Lane Police Station

What is your role?

I am a Beat Manager based at Oxclose Lane Police Station, covering the Top Valley, Bestwood and Bestwood Park beats.

When did you join Nottinghamshire Police?

I joined Nottinghamshire Police as a transferee in 2013, initially joining West Midlands Police in 2008. Prior to this, I worked in Derbyshire as a PCSO.

Why did you join the Force? 

I joined Nottinghamshire police because I wanted to move back to the area I grew up in, where most of my family and friends live and where I previously went to university.

At the time I was playing for Nottingham’s only gay football team, Nottingham Lions and wanted to be more involved within the club. I joined the police because I believe in public services I wanted to work in a role which could have a direct impact on people’s lives.

Have you had to face any challenging/new experiences?

The most challenging part of my role involves being able to think clearly in situations of great emotional stress to those involved.

It is important to be able to show empathy while at the same time being able to take a step back so that I am able to make rational decisions, in the interests of everyone involved.

What’s been your proudest moment?

That would be when I finally managed to transfer to Nottinghamshire, my home county police service. I moved back to live in Nottingham four years prior to securing a transfer and this was a long awaited move.

After working in two other forces, I had less affinity with these area,  I was now working in communities where I knew the people and many of them knew me, resulting in more job satisfaction overall.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

My typical day at work involves reviewing what’s happened in my area and liaising with other partner agencies to come up with solutions to long-term problems. This often involves attending meetings with other organisations.

Community engagement is a big part of my role, so I regularly visit schools, places of worship and youth clubs to get to know the people who use them. I also assist response officers at emergency incidents and I am public order trained so work football matches and large events such as Goose Fair.

I am a member of the ‘Network’, the LGBT staff support group and in this capacity attend events such as Nottingham Pride and IDAHO.

During your time at Nottinghamshire Police, which different roles/teams/projects have you been involved in?

Prior to working on the beat team, I worked on response for 12 months in Nottingham and before that for five and a half years in Coventry, West Midlands.

Earlier this year, I spent three months on the cities Knife Crime team, a plain-clothed proactive team which was created to combat the rise in knife crime across the city.

What’s the best part of your role?

The best part of my role is when I intervene at the lowest points in someone’s life, whether that be as a result of crime or persistent antisocial behaviour. I feel a great sense of achievement when my actions directly impact on people’s lives in a positive way.

What would you say to anyone looking to follow in your footsteps?

The police service is now a very progressive organisation to work for and supports its staff, whatever background you may come from, which is reflected in the Stonewall workplace ranking.

I would encourage anyone thinking of a career in the police to go ahead and apply.