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Inspector Jessica Loxley-Clarke
Inspector Jessica Loxley-Clarke
Inspector Jessica Loxley-Clarke

I always wanted to join the police from a very young age. At 15. I came to see a Chief Officer on a career day, who gave me advice to get a good education, travel and get a good view on life before joining.  So I did that. I became a special constable for 12 months and joined as a police officer at 25 years old.

I started on response at Redditch and progressed to CID as a detective constable and detective sergeant. I was promoted to sergeant and worked on a change programme and in the control room. I am now an Inspector, firstly covering the Safer Neighbourhood Team at Worcester and now within Force Operations with roles as a Post Incident manager, Tactical Firearms Commander, Bronze Public Order Commander and other roles.

I became a mother a year after getting promoted to Inspector and now have a three year old, but I work full time with a very supporting command team to ensure I have the correct work life balance.

The best things about the role are that every day is different, and working with a great team to make a difference. It's such a supportive environment.

PC Rebecca McDaid

I've been a police officer for 18 months. I almost fell into the role by accident. I first worked for the police as a call handler, then I became a PCSO, then I was in a civilian investigator role. After I'd experienced policing first hand, I wanted to do a bit more.

I was always interested in the police, but I never considered it as a career. I thought that I wouldn't enjoy it, but once I started to work as a PCSO, working with officers, I wanted to do it. At first I didn't think I had the right qualities, but the more I was in the organisation, and the more positive feedback I got, the more I thought 'I can do this'.

Definitely, the people are the best thing about my job. It's a cliché, but they really are like a second family. I didn't appreciate that aspect until I became an officer. You have to have one another's back, and you get to know who is good at what. It's amazing, you get to work together but we also do so much outside work - some people in the team are my best friends, and they really are friends for life. I know it sounds strange, but we have the best fun, and I can honestly say that there's not a day when I've come to work and not belly laughed.

I never knew what I wanted to do career-wise. I was 28 when I became an officer, and now I feel like I've found my way in life. There's so many possibilities, and I can progress. It keeps it exciting. An added bonus is that I'm nearer to my family in South Wales.

PC Calista Crosfield
PC Calista Crosfield
PC Calista Crosfield, Patrol Officer, Vice-Chair of B-ME and Member of Women's Network

West Mercia Police is one of the largest in the UK, and having lived in the region for nearly two decades, I wanted to join my local service. 

I joined West Mercia Police in 2009 as a student police officer and served the South Worcestershire communities of Malvern, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Worcester as a uniform patrol officer, before I embarked on a career break. On my return from career break, I went back into uniform as a patrol officer on North Worcestershire. 

I will be starting a new role soon in CID as a Trainee Investigator, and will be studying for the National Investigators' Exam to qualify as an accredited Detective Constable. I'll also be taking my NPPF Sergeants' Step 2 Legal Exam next year, which hopefully means in the next five years I'll get promoted!

It's true when people say that no two days are the same. You never know who you are going to meet or what you will encounter, and you have to be able to communicate well. I have been fortunate to have served the communities in some of the most beautiful locations in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and South Shropshire and met people from all backgrounds. I wanted to make a difference and I have been able to use my additional language skills to help people and investigations! 

There are so many different departments within the organisation which provides opportunities to work in different locations, with different people, and which specialise in a particular area - for example, Patrol, Safer Neighbourhoods, CID, Firearms, Dog Handler, Operational Policing Unit or for promotion up the rank structure. There are also opportunities to join or lead on internal staff support networks such as B-ME, Pride Alliance, Women's Network and Disability Network. There is also a pension scheme and there are gym facilities at various locations.

PC Jade Hounsell

I wanted to join the police because I remember seeing a team of police officers swarm around my house looking for a missing person and I stood, as a 10 year old, in awe of them all and thought that's who I want to be. Now, four and a half years after applying, at the age of 25, I am a Police Officer and I want to show people all the good that can be done for each other and make sure that the public know that I am there to make a difference in the world.

PC Carl Williamson

Finally receiving my offer letter to join West Mercia Police as a police officer was one of the best feelings in the world. To know that all my hard work and preparation into applying for the role has paid off and to finally be in the seat to the start of my career is something I will never forget. Helping people and making a difference by being a police officer is something I have always wanted to do and although it is a long and difficult process, it is definitely worthwhile. Anyone wishing to join as a police officer should do it! It's something I haven't regretted.