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Tanya Terry
Tanya Terry
Tanya Terry, Senior Administrator

I have always had a strong connection to the force, as I was born in the police houses known as the Crescent due to my late father being a serving police officer within West Mercia Police. I was also keen to progress a career in the police in a support staff role, as I wanted to work in an organisation that was close to my heart and played such a big part in my life through my father.  He always took great pride in his role, which ultimately led me to seek a role within the force. I was and still am keen to secure a long-term position within the force.

I joined in January 2000 and completed 10 years in the Central Data Unit (CDU) as a Clerical Assistant, before being given the opportunity of spending 12 months with the Making the Difference Team in the role of Personal Assistant.  Whilst doing this role my post in CDU was deleted, therefore my role within the Making the Difference team was deemed to be like for like for a position of Resource Coordinator within Transport, I started this role in 2011.  Within this post I had line manager responsibility for four staff.  I remained in this post until Business Support was formed in February 2015 and I was successful in securing my current role as Senior Administrator with Business Support Central. In this role, I now line manage 11 staff.

My busy varied workload allows me to liaise with internal staff and officers at all levels. I get a great deal of satisfaction from coming to work and carrying out a role I really enjoy. More recently, I have been given the opportunity to assist or chair some student police officer interviews; I have found this task very rewarding and it has given me an insight into the importance of bringing new and keen recruits into the force, building on the roles created by other experienced officers. I have also sat alongside officers of varying ranks while doing the interviews, which I also found rewarding and totally different from my day-to-day role. I feel very proud to work for West Mercia Police and always strive to work to the best of my ability.

I really enjoy feeling part of a force that takes pride in protecting people from harm and making a difference to everyone within its surrounding communities. The force has always led with confidence, which is evident from the decisions being made at the top level by the Chief Officer team down to Senior Managers, together with the fact the force is always seeking to find better ways of working. If you are willing to work hard there is plenty of opportunity to build and develop key skills within the force to allow you to progress further. I am under no illusion that further change is going to occur in the future, but I very much hope that I can be part of it for many years to come.

George Gillett
George Gillett
George Gillett, Environmental Scanning Assistant

My time at university involved some work experience at Worcester County Council and Worcester City Council, so I was drawn to the public sector.I volunteered as an Independent Custody Visitor, which gave me a glimpse of policing. My best mate's dad was a police sergeant, his mum worked as police staff and a neighbour was a detective, which filled me with stories of policing. West Mercia Police was also a big organisation, so I thought there might be career progression, and it was Worcester way, so I kind of knew the area. The vacancy sounded like a lot of desktop research, which I felt I was good at.

I joined as an Environmental Scanning Assistant on a fixed term contract in October 2012 and after a few months I was made permanent - I have just celebrated my sixth year here. I have dabbled in many areas and projects. I am hoping to apply for a business planning officer post, fingers crossed.

The best thing about my job is the people I work with. Professionally and personally, we have been through some much together and achieved so much. They have enhanced my social life.

West Mercia's HQ is a beautiful site to work at. I also have a police station within walking distance of my parents' house, so I can work there if needs be. I also like the Bluelight discount card.

I get to do random volunteering such as filming, photography, modelling, firearms stooging and spending a day with frontline officers. I get to see policing from a different perspective, not necessarily based on a member of the public's perspective. I also occasionally get to positively influence strategy and policy.

Trish Yarnold
Trish Yarnold
Trish Yarnold, Site Administrator, Transport Services

I am admin based and I was being made redundant from one department, and have ended up in Transport. To my amazement, I have found it really interesting. As I deal with vehicle repair, obviously no one accident is the same - and that brings its own complications and variations!

Alison Williams, Biometric Officer

I have always had a keen interest in developments within fingerprint and DNA to solve crime. I used to work for the Metropolitan Police as Computer Aided Dispatch Officer. We controlled units via radio, sending officers to incidents, prioritising the incidents as they came in on our screen, liaising with officers and sending dog units or helicopters where needed.

I moved to Shropshire when I got married, so I looked for a role to remain within the police, as I am extremely proud of our forces. I joined in 2013 working within the Safeguarding Department, and I recently joined the Fingerprint Bureau as a Biometric Officer.

The very best things about my role are the variety of work and the great team. Working for West Mercia Police does give me a sense of pride for the work we do as a unit and the continued commitment to do the best job possible for the public. There's real job satisfaction.