Next month, Rural Operational Support Team Sgt Ryan Hemmings celebrates his 20-year anniversary as a police officer in Hertfordshire.
He’s enjoyed a hugely varied career, so far, and says serving with Hertfordshire Constabulary has lived up to his hopes, when he joined in his late 20s.
“I wanted to join the police for the variety of roles, the opportunity of career progression and the fact that no two days are ever the same,” he said. “If you are bored of the same work routines and want to try something different, with the progression that comes internally, either through promotion or specialising in different fields of policing, then the career of a police officer is very rewarding.”
Ryan manages a team of police officers who provide countywide support across Hertfordshire in relation to all things rural, including a dedication to bringing to justice those that commit crimes against wildlife and animals.
“I joined in my late 20s and worked as a response officer based in Watford for a couple of years, this then took me to working in various Safer Neighbourhood Teams where problem solving was at the forefront of policing. In 2020 I joined the Rural Operational Support Team where I am responsible for ensuring we deliver upon the national priorities with regards to wildlife crime and rural issues. I have now been a Sergeant for around 15 years and have just recently passed the process to become an Inspector.”
Before he joined policing, Ryan enjoyed a number of years of backpacking around the world working in all kinds of roles – from fruit picking to hostel management!
Hertfordshire born and bred, he said when he joined his local police, his family were very proud: “My parents were very proud of my chosen career path and I’m sure they continue to be so, especially with regards to my achievements in the last 20 years.”
When he’s not working he has a love for photography, travel and all things aviation. “And as a qualified pilot I combine all three,” he smiled.
Here he is holding a stunning peregrine falcon he met when we were called to reports of possible hare coursing in a field in North Herts. The ROST team deployed a drone to locate the individuals responsible. In fact, they were not hare coursing but flying their bird of prey with the landowner’s permission.