WMPeople: PC Awaes Hanif, new Police Now recruit

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PC Awaes Hanif started his new career with West Midlands Police in July 2020. He joined under the national Police Now scheme and after training, arrived in force over the summer and has recently taken up his post on Foleshill Neighbourhood Team, in Coventry.

PC Awaes Hanif, a new recruit as part of the Police Now programme.

My Day Starts With…

Currently, as a newbie, I’m responsible for making tea for everybody who wants one. I was quickly trained to be the tea connoisseur of Foleshill Police Station and I can assure you the team is loving my teas.

Why I Joined Policing…

The main reason why I joined policing was to make a difference. I grew up in a community where many of those residing within, had lost their faith in the police system. Even when crimes were committed, they didn’t report them due to the lack of trust and believing nothing would be done. I want to change this and my main aim is to truly build those relationships with members of the community while engaging with them so they can trust the policing system. When engaging with the locals of Foleshill and Birmingham (my area), speaking about policing, shows that it’s not too late to build trust. Community members just want to be heard by the police, they want to see that the police are there to help when they have a problem.

My Department Is…

The Neighbourhood Police Unit of Foleshill.

I Got Here On…

Monday 21st September 2020 and the team made me feel right at home. They’ve truly helped me settle in and take care of me from the first day.

My Typical Day Starts…

I start my typical day with a morning brief from the Sarg at the station. I then have a conversation with my tutor who gives me a personal brief about my day and any areas she will help in my development throughout the day. The next step is to look at the crime logs and tasks which need to be actioned within the neighbourhood. After completing this, we head out and action the priority areas first, target crimes which need to be crimed and arrest attempts which need to be made. Once all of these tasks have been completed, we head out on to the streets to interact the locals and engage with them on a 1-1 basis. Once we finish the day I have a debrief with my tutor Laura who talks about what went well throughout the day and what I can do to improve on my next shift.

My Most Memorable Moment…

My most memorable moment so far has been a member of the public approaching me while I was on my second shift. They said to me they were so proud to see an Asian officer in uniform. This really signifies the importance of a diverse police force to me and one that truly represents the community it polices.

 

My Worst Moment So Far…

My worst moment so far was when I attended a sudden death on my first shift. This has set my daily tone and has quickly settled me in my force. We visited a property on the evening of 21 September for a welfare check. However, there was no answer at the door but the windows were open, the neighbours had seen the lady a day before. After consulting with each other, we realised it was best to enter the property to ensure everything was safe. We used Section 17 of PACE and entered the property through the windows. Once we entered the property, we went into the bedroom and it was clear to see the woman had passed away. This wasn’t my first experience seeing a dead body, but it was sad knowing that we couldn’t help her. We did ensure that we treated her with respect throughout the time we were at her home, just as we would with our own loved ones.

What Is/Was the Most Nervous About When Joining Policing?

I was really nervous to tell my friends; I come from a community where perceptions of the police are very negative so it was a daunting experience. I was overly surprised that members of the community were so engaging and so open to the idea. In fact they were really happy that “one of their own” has joined the police. I really hope this message transcends across my community so others in my area do not feel nervous when applying for the police. I hope they can believe they can join the police without the fear of what others may think.

The Best Part of the Job…

The best part of my job is split into two parts. Firstly, communicating with the public, putting smiles on their faces and showing the community that we care and are here to help. I gain real satisfaction when I see members of the public being happy with the service we provide. This shows that we are increasing the public’s faith with us and building upon community relationships. The second best part of my job is working with an amazing and supportive team. My Sergeant, Asa Morris, has been amazing, he has really set the standard and tone of what is expected from me since day one. He has created a plan on how I can meet the standard. Sgt Morris is not one to shy away when his team is down, he supports every member of his team keeping our morale high. He has created an amazing atmosphere within the station, which is based around teamwork ethos. My tutor, Laura Cuthbertson, has truly been exceptional too. She has helped me through every step of the way even when I can be annoying at stop times. I can keep asking the same question repeatedly to ensure I am doing steps/tasks the correct way but Laura never gets annoyed and is always willing to help. I really believe she is a great support and I do not know how I would’ve been able to do my job without her help. My full team is always there on hand to help whenever you need them. It is really nice to have a great team and it makes coming into work every day that extra bit special and meaningful.

If I Didn’t Do This…

I can’t imagine doing any other job now, I haven’t been here long but my experience so far has been truly amazing; I can already see my career in policing lasting a long time. Policing truly is a career like no other, I know its cliché but once you are part of it, you do not want to leave and I’m sure most of those reading this will agree.