Introducing future Detective Constable Umer - 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: Umer Iqbal
PREVIOUS POLICE EXPERIENCE: Staff detective at another force, member of the Black Police Association (BPA)
INSPIRATION TO BE A DC: Investigations, dealing with high pressure jobs and having a presence in talking with communities.
"I saw an online advert for the DC DHEP application. I was already working for another police force at the time as a staff detective in CID and a member of the local Black Police Association (BPA). Police recruitment is competitive, and this was my first attempt at applying to become an officer.
"After university I worked in various roles and started working in a police staff role in information management a few years ago. After a year I got promoted and then two years later I was successful getting a job as an investigator. I’ve worked with some great staff members and fantastic officers.
"I really enjoy investigations and I have a massive amount of respect for everyone dealing with frontline policing. Ultimately, if I’m going to train to be a police officer, whether it’s a detective career path or otherwise, I’m going to need that frontline experience. Whether that be dealing with high pressure jobs or walking the streets and having that presence, talking with communities. There’s loads to learn.