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A teenager who has risen through the ranks after years of hoping to become a police officer is officially joining the force this year.
Laura Haynes, from Cannock, first joined as a Staffordshire Police Cadet four years ago when she was just 15-years-old.
Three years later, Laura became a Special Constable – where she currently remains until she officially joins Staffordshire Police as a Police Constable in March.
The 19-year-old, who has always wanted to join the police, also volunteers her time as a Cadet leader in Cannock every Monday night.
She said: “I first joined Cadets because I knew I always wanted to join the police. A lot of my family have worked in policing so I’ve always asked them questions and been keen to join.
“The Cadets gave me involvement in policing and then being a Special was where I started to put being an officer into practice. I love being out and about and the team I’m with are fantastic.
“I’m really excited to get started and I’m hoping to become a sergeant in the dog unit or firearms one day.”
Staffordshire Police is currently recruiting under its new police officer programme that runs throughout this year. New recruits will complete on-the-job training, whilst also studying for a professional qualification in partnership with Staffordshire University.
Anyone interested in applying can visit: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/police-forces/staffordshire-police/areas/staffordshire-police/campaigns/2019/job-like-no-other/.
Anyone interested in joining Staffordshire Police Cadets or the Special Constabulary can also visit the website for more information.