ITV’s Rookies ran for three weeks at the end of this summer and featured seven of our own probationers.
Seven ordinary people - from a dance teacher to a phlebotomist - are about to make a life changing decision. They’re becoming Police Officers. With exclusive access to Surrey Police, the Rookies and their families, this series revealed what it is like to be dropped on to the front line of law enforcement without a lot of experience and the impact on their loved ones.
Filmed over six months as the officers leave training school and go out on patrol under the guidance of their tutors - the programme documents some of the toughest and challenging aspects of being a police officer including coming face to face with violent and abusive criminals, working to support vulnerable people and dealing with fatal incidents.
Meet the Rookies
PC Antony Brady
I grew up in Kingston, studied Criminology and Forensic Studies at University and then spent a year as a PCSO in Basingstoke.
“From the age of six I knew I wanted to be a police officer, it is all I’ve ever wanted. Everyone is always asking why I’m smiling and it’s because I have worked my whole life for this and now I’m here.
“One of my most memorable moments so far was turning up while a domestic assault was actually in progress. A man was hitting his girlfriend and when we arrived she ran to us saying ‘thank goodness you are here’. We arrested the man and he actually turned out to be a high risk offender. It’s great to know that we made a difference as the outcome could have been very different had we not arrived when we did.
“I wanted to become a police officer because I believe we live in a society where people should be able to have the freedom to express themselves without fear of coming to any harm. I like being that person who can step in and protect our freedoms.”
PC Andrew Brett
"I was born in Northumberland and studied a Law degree at Northumbria University. I left university and worked in retail for a year before joining Northumbria Police as a Police staff member working in the Front Office and Property office. From there I joined Surrey Police, relocating in December 2015.
"It is very cliché but I have wanted to be a police officer since I was a young boy, to help people and to make a difference. I did not think a run of the mill office job would be for me, constantly being behind a desk.
"Being a police officer is as challenging as I thought it would be, if not more so. Having said that, I am enjoying it a huge amount and love dealing with such a diverse range of people."
PC Claudia Curel-May
"I grew up and lived in Surrey before travelling to Australia, Bali and Fiji and working abroad for a few years, including as a chalet host on a ski season in France. I was working in a local pub until my start date.
"I wanted to become a police officer because it’s always seemed like an exciting job role to do. I have always wanted to help people and being a very active person and someone who loves to get stuck in where I can it seemed like a perfect job role.
"When you are training you think every day is going to involve arresting someone and chasing down criminals, the reality of the job means we spend a lot of time helping vulnerable people who need our support. I am loving the job so far and it’s nice when you receive good feedback, knowing you might have made a difference big or small."
PC Tyne Day
"I grew up in Sutton and at 21 moved to London to study at Laban Conservatoire de Danse where I achieved a BA (Hons) in Dance theatre. I trained to be a dance teacher and taught all over South London and East Surrey.
"I wanted to become a police officer so I could look back on my life and know I had done a job where I could honestly say I helped people and kept people safe. I wanted to play a part in making our country a safe place to live.
"People tell you about how great it is working in a team in the police and how much everyone sticks together and supports each other, but until you become a police officer you don’t realise how true that is. I never thought I’d be as well supported as I am and that’s a great feeling to have, knowing you will come in to work and people from your team are always there to help you out and help you succeed."
PC Ryan Soper
"I was born in and grew up in Surrey. I’m now working the patch I used to live in so a lot of the areas I know from when I was a kid.
"I used to work for British Gas as a software developer. I just decided it wasn’t for me. As part of my apprenticeship there I did some volunteering and started as a Street Angel. After that I became a Special Constable for two years, but within six months I wanted to become a police officer.
"I don’t think people appreciate that police officers are multi-skilled. We investigate, we are social workers, we come to work to help people and have a duty of care.
"I’ve done countless foot pursuits of people so far. When you finish you do think ‘a few years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of chasing them’, especially if it was someone who had a knife."
PC Angus Taylor
"When I was at college I worked at Next but then left and became a qualified lifeguard at my local outdoor Lido where I worked seasonally for three years.
"I was living at home at the time and then took a year out where I studied the CKP and applied for the Met Police at 18, during my time waiting for the Met I transferred across to Surrey after being given an expected start date of late 2017.
"I wanted to become a Police officer as I could never imagine myself not being physically active, it seemed like it could offer a continual adrenaline rush of not knowing each job you’re going to deal with and having to act spontaneously. It appealed because of the massive variety and different situations that I would be able to experience that I didn’t think any other job could offer.
"My most memorable moment is by far my first arrest, I remember being so nervous and repeating in my head what I was going to say. It was definitely an experience and feeling that I won’t forget."
Episode 1 - Tuesday, 23 August, 2016, 9:00-10:00pm - Click here to watch on the ITV Hub
Episode 2 - Tuesday, 30 August, 2016, 9:00-10:00pm - Click here to watch on the ITV Hub
Episode 3 - Tuesday, 6 September, 2016, 9:00-10:00pm - Click here to watch on the ITV Hub
We took part in ITV's Rookies to show a realistic account of policing in Surrey, and demonstrate the huge range of work we deal with on a daily basis.
If Rookies inspires you, a friend or member of your family to think about policing as a career, we're currently recruiting for a whole range of vacancies, including contact handlers and probationer police officers.
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