Jamie Dey - Community Police Officer

Jamie Dey - Community Police Officer

Name, Age and Hometown.

PC Jamie Dey, Age 33, Elgin

Job title (list all job titles for the duration of employment).

Response Police Officer

Community Police Officer

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

Very few jobs give you the opportunity to run towards danger as others run from it. I always wanted to join an Emergency service and from a young age made up my mind that the Police would give me more variety of jobs.

How long have you been with the company?

I have been a Police Officer for five years.

Describe your day-to-day role.

Some of the daily roles of a Community Police Officer include:

- Conducting patrol duties on foot, by car and bicycle.

- Working closely with community groups, schools and local businesses.

- Respond to calls and requests from the public to assist at incidents.

- During COVID-19 I have been out on the Police bike around Elgin running colouring competitions for young people and chase the dog on Paw Patrol all around Moray.

What kind of training have you done?

After receiving a formal acceptance from Police Scotland, I completed my 12 week training programme at the Police Scotland College at Tuliallan.

During your two year probationary period you are required to partake in a number of exams and fitness tests.

Once a year as an employee of Police Scotland you receive a one day Officer safety training course which covers all types of safety and first aid that is needed to make sure you can do your job safely.

What skills have you learned?

I have learnt many skills over my short career in the Police which include:

- Health and Safety

- Fire safety

- Standard and high speed driving courses

- Drug testing

- Custody officer

- Cyber training (Electronics)

- Tutor course

- Mental health training

Have you completed any professional qualifications? If yes, provide details.

Most of the above and any other training that I have completed come accompanied with an electronic certificate.

Do you like living and working in Moray? Explain why/ why not.

In my opinion, working in the same place as being brought up comes with a lot of benefits. I know the area meaning that when being dispatched to calls I know where I am going and often what I am going into. I also find that knowing a lot of people is a benefit when dealing with sometimes awkward or personal situations to that person. Knowing a lot of people makes working on Elgin High Street a benefit also.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Again, in my opinion, the most important skills you can have to be a Police Officer is being able to listen and speak to people. Normally when somebody calls the Police it is because they have exhausted all other options so being able to listen and chat is very important.

Having the Officer safety training course once a year and familiarising yourself with first aid is also very important for when dealing with emergency situations where somebody may require help and an Ambulance may not be available.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

Before joining the Police, I thought being a Police Officer was all about being on the streets, catching bad people and keeping people safe. This is all a major part of being a Police Officer. However, I didn’t realise how much paperwork came with such responsibilities.

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

Support is given from your local supervisor if and where required. Some jobs affect Police Officers in different ways. If you don’t need to speak with your Supervisor you know you have a really good team that you work with a can offload to each other if necessary.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Protecting and serving the local community where I grew up.

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

From a young age, I always spoke about my passion for the Police. I had a few jobs prior to joining however I knew the security benefits for myself and my family.

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Working in the Police is a career and a long one at that. The advice I would give is to go and have some fun, get some life experience, maybe an apprenticeship before applying. I did all that and joined when I was 28 years old.

What is your career goal?

My career goal is to climb the ladder within the Police. This is my forever job and I want to succeed at it.

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

It’s a little bittersweet. I love being on the front line helping people in their moment of need and I wouldn’t choose anything different. I am also a little wary of the possibility of catching Coronavirus and transferring it to the rest of my family. We have been given PPE to wear when going into situations where there is a risk of Coronavirus. It’s all about trying to be sensible, wash hands often and grab a shower when I get home from work.

Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker.

Policing our communities never stop. There are always people who need the Police for a variety of different reasons and it feels good to know I am there to help that person in their moment in need.

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