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Kelly, Special Inspector

Helping others in my spare time.

Kelly joined the Special Constabulary in 2005, after she saw the “Could You” advert on the TV and was interested to find out more.

“I was working in an office and I thought that doing something completely different would be a good idea, and it was!”

The idea of working as part of a large team, learning new skills, and taking herself out of her comfort zone appealed to Kelly.

Challenge yourself and help others

Kelly quickly discovered that being a Special Constable wasn’t what she expected. “I’d always thought that Special Constables just policed low key events but as a response officer in Bristol I attend the same jobs as my regular colleagues” says Kelly.

“As a Special Constable, you never know what’s going to happen and jobs rarely turn out to be what you’re expecting. You often formulate a plan of how to deal with an incident and then have to change it completely when you get there.”

Kelly enjoys her role and can’t see herself doing anything else with her spare time. “I thought I might miss going down the pub on a Friday night, but I’d rather volunteer for a shift. I could end up with a suspect in custody or helping someone having a mental health crisis to get to A&E.”

“I love the camaraderie and the fact that everyone looks out for one another, you work with so many different people, there’s rarely a dull moment!”

“I’ve been a Special Constable for 14 years, and the time has flown by! I’m enjoying it just as much now as I did when I first joined!”

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