“Final week, I used to be attested at Police Now’s Nationwide Graduate Management Programme academy and formally started my preliminary coaching alongside different new police constables. I’m one week into the academy, with six extra weeks to go earlier than I completely be a part of Surrey Police.
“I had thought briefly about becoming a member of the police earlier than, as a result of it struck me as a profession that may be greater than only a ‘job’ and would have actual objective and affect behind it. Nonetheless, I had labored so exhausting on my music that I wasn’t able to stroll away from that but and determined to pursue a profession in music. I did spend a while studying the violin once I was at college, however I swiftly switched to guitar once I found Weapons N Roses and have been taking part in it ever since.
“After graduating from Mattersey Corridor in 2010 with a level in Biblical Research and Utilized Theology, I labored for a number of completely different music tuition corporations as a guitar instructor and performed in perform bands at varied gigs.
“For the final 10 years, I’ve been taking part in lead guitar in ‘Iron Tyger’ – an 80’s rock tribute band. We’re a 4 piece and play a mixture of the timeless classics, energy ballads and stadium anthems. We have now a protracted and assorted set checklist, I believe Van Halen might be my favorite to carry out although (sorry, you’re most likely hoping I’d decide The Police!). We have now additionally launched 5 of our personal albums, after scoring a small document deal in 2017.
“I’m actually pleased with what I managed to do with my music profession – it’s been nice enjoyable and I’ve achieved what I got down to do. I really feel I can lastly depart it behind now with out having any regrets and begin a brand new journey.
“After I instructed my household that, at age 40, I used to be leaving my music profession behind and becoming a member of the police they have been all very stunned. My stepfather was a police sergeant although, so he was satisfied.
“The primary week of academy has been very full-on, however I’ve actually loved myself. We have now had a mixture of classroom-based and sensible actions, together with studying the right way to make an arrest, taking statements, conducting automobile and premise searches, utilizing police radios and understanding procedural justice. What I most loved was the position play. There may be a lot to be taught from performing out an arrest or a cease and search. The suggestions and criticism was useful and I do know the place to focus my efforts going ahead.
“What appeals to me about policing, and Police Now specifically, is that it has an actual mission and objective behind it. You’ve got the chance to make constructive change and serve your group, which is one thing I’ve at all times needed to do. Even when these adjustments are small, I’d know that I’d performed an element in supporting somebody in want or making my group that little bit safer. I’m glad that I’m now taking the steps to make these ambitions a actuality and to quickly be becoming a member of Surrey Police. I’ve been the ‘guitar man’ for therefore lengthy, I’m able to turn into the ‘police man’ now!”