Medic on the beat
Medical student by day; police officer by night
I’m a special constable—a volunteer police officer who does the same job as an ordinary officer. It gives me an interesting and unique outlook on life. As a child I loved the idea of action and saving lives, from lifeguarding to St John Ambulance. So when I had the opportunity to be both a medical student and a police officer I jumped at the chance. I started last year, having done a 17 day course, which comprised officer safety training, first aid, and learning the laws and powers that police officers use. Now I am a probationer constable with the Metropolitan Police Service. Safety training is where the real fun lies; there’s something therapeutic about beating classmates with hard foam batons and screaming at them.
We do a minimum of 200 hours of duty a year, and most boroughs and constabularies have different working patterns for officers, including evenings and