“The police is a career, and you'll be hard pushed to find something that is as fulfilling"
“When I left college I started work as a Sales Executive for a stationary company and although I loved the people interaction I really felt that I wasn’t making a difference to people’s lives which is really important to me.
“I joined Lancashire Police when I was in my early 20’s and have never looked back. Fast forward 17 years, I am now a Detective Inspector working in the Intelligence Department. I have held a variety of roles within the force and making a difference and protecting people drives me to come to work every day.
“I think the best part about becoming a Police Officer is making a genuine positive impact on people’s lives, I think you will be hard pushed to find another career that can truly say this.
“My family are really proud of me and my career path. Being a positive influence for my children is very important to me and setting a good example to them makes me feel very proud. Although there is quite a demanding shift pattern to the job, I actually have a great work life balance.
“If I could give one piece of advice to someone considering a career as a detective I would honestly say be open minded. It is versatile, fun and you become part of a big family because of the experiences you share that will be challenging to anything else that you have done! I would say communication is at the heart of everything, so you really need to be a people person, and genuinely care about helping people, making and keeping them safe!
“The police is a career, and you'll be hard pushed to find something that is as fulfilling.”
Detective Inspector Hazra Patel
"I am really passionate about my job and couldn’t see myself doing anything else!”
“I have worked at Lancashire Police for eight years now, six as a Police Constable on Immediate Response and the last two as a Detective Constable. Before I joined Lancashire Police I worked in a high street bank and volunteered as a Special Constable as I knew when leaving school that I wanted to work in the police.
“Without sounding like a cliché, I genuinely really enjoy helping people. Every day I help victims of crime at what is possibly one of the most difficult times in their life. The hardest part for me about being a detective is the workload as demand is high and so being able to manage my time as efficiently as possible is key.
“My family are really proud of my work and the job I do. They are always really interested in what my role involves. This job can involve unsociable working hours however as I work very flexibly it works for me.
“If I can offer one piece of advice it would be to do your research about the role. You really need to be prepared to be exposed to situations and environments you have never been in before. You are going to need first class communication skills and be thorough in everything you do. Problem solving is key and a lot of the role involves common sense and thinking outside the box.
“I am really passionate about my job and couldn’t see myself doing anything else!”
Detective Constable Chloe Hamby
It isn’t just a job for me, it is a way of life”
“I have spent the last 15 years of my career as a detective and I can honestly say that this really is the best job for me. Over the last 15 years I have worked in a number of different departments and have never felt stagnant or bored in my career as there are so many roles to undertake.
“The best part about my job really is the variety it brings including working on high profile investigations including murder enquiries, sexual offences and serious crime. The team rapport here is excellent so although you are responsible for your own case load, you work with a wide team on a day to day basis. The job can at times be very challenging especially when you put your heart and soul into every case.
“My family and friends are really proud of what I do and they are really interested in what I do. I do work quite stable shifts however there are occasions when I have to work later at short notice. I live and work in my community and am always looking for ways to make my community safe. It isn’t just a job for me, it is a way of life.”
Detective Constable Sal Yusuf
Being a Detective isn’t an easy job and passing the Detective exams is tough but so worth it!"
“I have worked as a detective for 11 years now after serving 5 years as a police constable in a response role. Before I joined Lancashire Police I used to work in retail. I learnt lots of great transferrable skills in retail including excellent communication skills but always knew that I wanted to work in the police.
“The best part about being a detective for me, is getting a positive result for the victim. It takes hard work and determination to secure a conviction at court and you get a feeling of immense satisfaction knowing your efforts help to provide justice for a victim.
“Working as a detective can be challenging to fit in with family and social life but I have managed to find the right balance. My family are very proud of my career and supportive of my role. Being a detective isn’t an easy job and passing the detective exams is tough but so worth it!
“For those considering a career as a detective you need to have certain skills to make the grade. Having outstanding communication skills and attention to detail is vital in this job along with the ability to adapt and be flexible to the demands of the role. Every day is truly different and you need to be able to think on your feet.”
Detective Constable Harvey Uppal
“I particularly enjoy gathering evidence to support a case, it really keeps me motivated to aim to get justice for a victim"
“I have worked at Lancashire Police for 18 years and for the last 6 years as a detective. Before I joined Lancashire Police I used to work in a warehouse which I enjoyed but knew a career in policing was for me.
“I particularly enjoy gathering evidence to support a case, it really keeps me motivated to aim to get justice for a victim.
“My family and friends are really interested in what I do and often quiz me about the accuracy of how detectives are portrayed in the media. I am really proud of the work I do and my family and friends are proud of the career I have achieved. Fitting in with family and social life can be tricky when working a shift pattern however I am able to work flexibly which I think is very important to be successful in this role.
“Being a detective is a very rewarding career. For those considering applying to become a detective I would say you need to make sure you are a resilient person and have great communication skills before you apply. You will need to build rapport with all communities including witness and victims."
Detective Sergeant Ian Zanelli
“The best part about my job is the variety"
“For the last 12 years I have worked as a detective for Lancashire Police. Policing was a career that I hadn’t really thought about when I was at college and university. It wasn’t until a friend thought I would enjoy becoming a police officer did I begin to look into it. I am glad they recommended this career to me as policing has helped me develop skills I never knew I had which has helped in both my professional and personal life.
“The best part about my job is the variety, it sounds like a cliché but no two days are the same. Some of the most challenging days in my job are when working with victims and their families on what could be the worst day of their life at the beginning of a case. This gives me the determination to do the very best for them.
“If I could give one piece of advice to someone considering applying to become a detective it would be to try and get rid of any pre-conceptions they may have about what makes a great detective. We are all from different backgrounds with different skills and passions but we all have the same motivation to try everything we can to get justice for our victims.”
Detective Sergeant Eugene Swift
“I cannot see myself in any other role and feel really lucky to be in a job that I love!”
“I have been working for over 7 years in investigative roles now and can honestly say I believe I have the best job in the world… for me. I actually came from working in a marketing role in Manchester but always knew that I wanted to work in the police.
“The best part about my job is getting justice for my victims. It really does give me job satisfaction to know that I play a part in removing criminals from the communities I serve. I particularly enjoy the investigation elements of the role and securing crucial evidence gives me a feeling of fulfilment. Some of the hardest and most frustrating elements of the role are being able to gather enough evidence in a case.
“My family and friends are all really proud of the work I do and that is great. I do quite often have to clarify that the work I do isn’t like the TV detective dramas! Working as a detective can be challenging on your family and social life. The working hours can be long as you cannot predict when a serious crime will take place.
“If anyone is considering applying to be become a detective my advice would be to find out as much as you can about the role ideally by speaking to a current detective. I think you really need to have an inquisitive mind and being really organised will stand you in good stead. You will be expected to have a keen eye for detail and think outside the box to pursue all investigative opportunities.
“I cannot see myself in any other role and feel really lucky to be in a job that I love!”
Detective Constable Wendy Potter
"My family are incredibly proud of my career and what I have achieved"
“I have worked at Lancashire Constabulary for 11 years now and have been a detective for just over 3 years. I always knew that I wanted to work as a police officer and feel that public service is in my blood. My parents really are my inspiration to work serving Lancashire communities - they work in Social Services and the NHS respectively. My family are incredibly proud of my career and what I have achieved.
“The best part about my job is bringing justice to a victim and their family - it really does make for a fulfilling and rewarding career. There are challenging elements to my job too including helping people at some of the most difficult times of their lives.
“If I could offer any advice to someone considering applying to be a detective it would to make sure you are really organised. You will prepare and give evidence in court so you really need to be meticulous with all your work.”
Detective Constable Rubina Akoo