Big thanks to PC Hunni Glanville for sharing his journey into policing to inspire others looking for career inspiration.
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Originally from South Africa, Hunni was adopted and came to the UK to escape Apartheid. He joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2008 having served as a prison officer at The Mount in Bovingdon.
“My desire to become a police officer came from my white adoptive parents who, if they had not adopted me during the dark times in South Africa, I would not be living the amazing luxurious lifestyle I currently live to date,” he explained.
“I joined the police force in 2008 having served as a prison officer and realising the prison service was not a career for me. My reason to join the police was to feel part of a family and to be part of community change and the fight against crime. I chose Herts because in my opinion there were and still are more training and job opportunities within Herts.”
Hunni has worked in the operational support group (OSG) for nine of his 14 years and loves it: “My role on OSG is so varied and rewarding. I monitor intelligence reports and develop the intel so we can execute warrants at suspects’ addresses and if any arrests result from warrants, I interview any prisoners and present the case for a charging decision.”
A keen weightlifter who practises martial arts in his spare time, Hunni says he loves coming to work not knowing what he will be facing: “Not knowing what I will be dealing with each day keeps the spark lit for policing. With my vast police skill set and training, I could be called upon for mutual aid supporting another police force’s public order unit, to join a rapid entry team, swear out an urgent warrant, drive an unmarked police vehicle using blue lights and sirens, support the Positive Action Recruitment team, or attend a report of intruders. I never know!”
His most memorable incident was when he was injured and on light duties in Harpenden Safer Neighbourhood Team.
“At the start of every shift I make myself aware of the wanted or missing people. Having finished my shift, I made my way on crutches to the station to get the train home. Sat on the train, I saw a male who was wanted for a string of dwelling burglaries in Harpenden. I updated the SNT sergeant by phone and kept sight of the suspect when he got off the train, guiding the team to where he was so they could detain him. Another satisfying job.”
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