Volunteer officer shows her passion for policing
A volunteer has shown her passion for policing after dedicating almost 120 hours to being a Special in her first month on the beat.
Chloe Wall only took to the streets in March but has relished the opportunity to help others and tackle crime.
The 22-year-old student was already a valued volunteer by puppy fostering which whetted her appetite for more involvement with the force.
So she took the plunge and after a period of training became a fully operational Special last month.
Chloe has already been involved in a number of operations and so far made four arrests - mainly for domestic abuse.
She’s been so gripped by the role she has been spending large chunks of her free time on duty in the Sandwell area and is already capable of independent patrols.
Chloe has ensured it doesn’t impact on her education and is happily able to combine the Special shifts with her criminology degree at Birmingham Central University (BCU).
She said: "I’m really enjoying the role of being a Special. I looked into it more last year and it seemed an ideal opportunity.
"It’s not just about tackling crime but helping someone, you interact with people when they are at the their most vulnerable and you can do something to support them.
"I’ve already experienced a range of different areas in policing from being with response to neighbourhood to investigation teams.
"I believe you get out what you put in; and for me I’m getting out the satisfaction of being able to help others.
"Being a Special not only gives you policing, but life experiences. It may only have been a month but it’s already made me know I want to become a regular officer in the future."
Specials have the same powers as regular officers and wear the same uniform. They volunteer at least 16 hours a month but times are flexible.
Recruitment is open across the force and anyone interested in becoming part of the WMP family should visit our https://jobs.west-midlands.police.uk website.