Introducing future Detective Constable Eden - one of the first ever crop of officers on Staffordshire Police's Degree Holder Entry Programme
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Staffordshire Police launched its first ever Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DC DHEP) in partnership with Staffordshire University in November.
NAME: Eden Atkinson
PREVIOUS POLICE EXPERIENCE: Volunteer work at university around student safety awareness
INSPIRATION TO BE A DC: Helping and protecting my community
"As soon as I saw on Facebook that Staffordshire Police were starting the DC DHEP programme I went for it. It was the first time that I could apply for my dream job - to join the police as a trainee detective.
"This has been a dream job for me for many years so I’m very excited to get started. I am most looking forward to the investigation aspect of the job. I have always been a good problem solver and I always have to find out more, learn and investigate. Gathering all the information together to build a picture of the situation is my goal.
"Since a very young age it's been my dream and my goal to join the police, helping and protecting people in my community.
"I studied a BSc in policing and criminal investigation at Staffordshire University and I went on further to study a MSc criminal investigation at the University of Derby. While there I volunteered through my university to spread awareness on how students keep themselves safe in a new community and building trust with the police.
"I then worked as a personal assistant in Complex Care for five years and then as a KORE therapist (physio) in a clinic in Rugeley.