Meet our latest recruit Daniel, who just swapped his job as a secondary school headteacher for a career in policing
PC Daniel Bruton, aged 49, looked to join a different constabulary at the outset of his working life but was told to get some life experience working with young people. He joined teaching. Now nearly 30 years later, he’s started his dream job in Hertfordshire.
He explained: “I’ve always had a passion for social inclusion and equality, particularly around protecting the vulnerable. I investigated joining a different force when I left university in 1994, but at the time they were looking for recruits with more life experience. They suggested I did some work with young people, so I trained to become a teacher and loved doing that for more than 25 years, the last five or so as a secondary headteacher in north London. My family are growing up and I’m not getting any younger so thought I’d make the jump into policing before it was too late.”
Why Hertfordshire? “I live on the very edge of Essex, London and Hertfordshire so looked into all three forces,” said Daniel. “I chose Hertfordshire for practical reasons as well as their early adoption of the degree holders entry programme course and their general attitude to officer welfare and inclusion.”
Daniel said he loved going back to learning on the initial training course which forms part of the two-year diploma in professional policing practice; building great team relationships within his class as they learnt about the law.
He’s really looking forward to joining the Cheshunt and Goffs Oak Safer Neighbourhood Team today, Thursday 17 February, after being formally welcomed by Assistant Chief Constable Matt Nicholls on his passing out day last Wednesday (9 February).
Inspired? What are you waiting for? There are multiple routes into a policing career, and we have several training courses starting this year:
👉 Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice. This is a three-year, work-based, practical and vocational degree.
👉 Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – aimed at those who have a degree in any subject. In your first two years, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a police officer.
👉 Accelerated Detective Constable Programme – a year of intensive training and practical experience followed by a year of three crime attachments, whilst completing training to obtain the relevant qualifications to become a detective.
👉 Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) course – we still have a few old-style courses running. Train to be a police officer over two years without earning a degree.
👉 Pre-Join Degree - The Pre-Join Degree, BSc (Hons) Professional Policing is for those who choose to complete the degree at a higher education institution of their choosing, at their own cost.