Police Constable Jacob Davies:  

“As a part of the Police Now programme, I used to be lucky sufficient to safe a four-week secondment with West Midlands Counter Terrorism Police, offering a novel alternative to realize expertise on this division and see how one other pressure operates. 

“I spent the month rotating round numerous specialist groups throughout the division and, to re-use a well-worn cliché, no two days have been the identical. For instance, within the area of three shifts I accompanied the Offender Administration Group to conferences with convicted terrorists; sat in on discussions with the officers answerable for planning the CT response to the Commonwealth Video games; and hung out on the Nationwide Chemical, Organic, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defence Centre in Ryton. 

“I additionally accomplished a Behavioural Detection Course while posted with the Borders staff at Birmingham Airport. The three-day course, led by the Nationwide Educating Lead for behavioural detection, geared up me with the talents to raised pick uncommon and suspicious behaviour, that are expertise I can deliver again to my staff within the Met.    

“After my time on the Borders staff, I moved to central Birmingham, working with the Counter Terrorism response for the 2022 Commonwealth video games. Right here I hung out with members from the CT planning staff, lots of whom had began occasion preparations greater than three years prior and whom had a wealth of expertise within the discipline. We have been even joined by Australian CT colleagues who had travelled throughout the globe to be taught from the West Midlands staff in preparation for the 2026 Commonwealth Video games in Victoria. 

“My secondment with the West Midlands CT Policing staff couldn’t have been extra totally different from my day-to-day function but it surely has geared up me with new and transferable expertise which can undoubtedly assist me on the policing frontline, in addition to invaluable contacts and networking expertise. The perception it has given me into long-term strategic planning has been extraordinarily helpful and has helped me to see the place I’d wish to work in 10 and even 20-years’ time.  

“I can not advocate a secondment extremely sufficient to potential candidates. It confirmed to me that working in CT is the place I see my long-term future and launched me to conditions and senior figures inside policing that few probationary constables have the privilege of experiencing and interacting with. I’ll carry the recommendation and data shared with me throughout these 4 weeks all through my profession and look to share it with my colleagues every time the chance arises!” 

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