Ex-soldier says Herts police gave him work/life balance
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After five years in the Army, Josh Musgrove was looking for a better work/life balance which would keep him in a rewarding public service role.
Becoming a police officer with Hertfordshire Constabulary was the answer and our mentoring scheme was key.
“I had always thought about being a police officer,” he smiled, “Family members were in the police and when I was in college a few friends went on to become police officers.”
Josh, 25, served all over the world during his time with the 2nd Battalion, Rifles Regiment, including an operational tour of Afghanistan.
“I had recently moved in with my girlfriend and just proposed to her and had to start planning my life with her as a big part of it. This meant finding a job that I enjoyed, to keep that sense of providing a public service and with a better work/life balance than my role in the Army – the police was an obvious choice.
“I actually applied to a few forces – but Herts was the one that really stood out. They called me almost straight away and I was given lots of genuine support from day one. The Positive Action team had a real interest in my application and my progress. They put me in touch with Chief Inspector Bartlett through the ‘Military Buddy Scheme’. This friendly and helpful attitude made my decision to join Herts over anyone else, very easy.”
Mentor Ch Insp Ricky Bartlett, also ex-armed forces, was in touch regularly, explaining the transition. PC Shazia Malik, from the Positive Action team supported Josh through his transition back into civilian life, as he had been deployed overseas in Africa during the final stages of his application.
“I wanted to work for Herts police over all the other forces because from day one of applying, all the people I spoke to were so friendly, helpful and hardworking – the kind of people anyone would love to work with.”
Josh added: “It is a cliché but the best thing about training school has been the people I have worked with – both students and staff alike. All the students are brilliant individuals and I expect they will all be great police officers. Every instructor has been insightful and engaging, they have been great throughout my time in training school.”
Now he’s looking forward to getting out and doing the job he signed up for! He officially passed out after his initial training on Thursday 6 October and has been posted to Borehamwood to continue his on-the-job training.
PC Malik added: “Josh’s passing out parade was a real high point for me, I enjoyed sharing in his achievement. I wish him the very best in his career and will be on the other end of the phone or email should he need any support.”
If you’re in the armed forces, our Military Buddy Scheme could help you. Contact Positive Action for more advice.