Howzat! New PC switches pads for patrols
One of our new recruits has gone from catching hooks to catching crooks after turning down a professional cricket career to become a cop.
Georgia Davis has played alongside international superstars such as Lauren Winfield-Hill of England, Alyssa Healy from Australia and India’s Jemimah Rodrigues.
But the 21-year-old spinning all-rounder - who has also claimed the wicket of the world’s top-rated batter Tammy Beaumont - has decided to follow her real dream by joining us as a bobby.
The student officer started on the beat earlier this year and is currently part of the Birmingham city centre neighbourhood team, which includes making arrests ranging from burglary to supplying drugs.
Despite her career path choice she’s not completely ‘bail-ed’ out of cricket and will continue to play for Central Sparks - whose games are at Edgbaston or New Road in Worcestershire - when available. It means she could play against international players like when she was involved in the Women’s Cricket Super League.
Georgia was part of the Yorkshire Diamonds squad which included the England, Australia and India stars two years ago - and during the competition claimed the scalp of the batter currently ranked as number one in the world.
Georgia joined the force last summer as part of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme, which sees her get hands on policing experience, while also spending time at university with the aim of graduating with a BSc. It is a decision she hasn’t regretted.
She said: "I was offered the chance to become a professional cricketer but it was always my ambition to be a police officer.
"As a child I used to love watching The Bill and, although it wasn’t an easy decision given the opportunity, I knew I had to follow my heart.
"I really enjoy being a police officer and have learned a lot already. Being part of the apprentice programme is great as I will hopefully get a degree at the end as well as having my career.
"I’ve been involved in a few foot chases while on patrol and I’ve had more success in stopping suspects than a ball heading to the boundary rope... the ball never seems to get tired.
"I think being involved in cricket has helped me in becoming a police officer. There is a lot of decision-making and personal responsibility, but you’re still part of a team working together to get the best outcome."
Georgia made history by recently becoming the first female to be called into the regional police team which is made up of staff from forces in the area.
It’s an exciting time for the sport with women’s cricket part of the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham next year.
She said: "I consider it a real privilege to have been the first woman to play for the West Midlands forces police team. Hopefully there will be more in the future.
"Cricket seems to be growing and becoming a lot more popular. It’s brilliant to think we’ll have some of the best players in the world here in the Midlands for the Games.
"I’m looking forward to watching and maybe even policing some of the matches. It would be quite fitting to be there in my role as an officer."
Want to fulfil you’re ambitions like Georgia? Good news is we’re recruiting. Find out more here: https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk/police-officer-recruitment/