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After an interesting week for policing in Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish gave a fascinating talk to our Sixth Form as part of the Whole School Programme lecture series.
Accompanied by PC Harry Bhaker, DCC Fish provided the Sixth Form with an entertaining and inspiring insight into her life and career, along with the work that Nottinghamshire Police does and the challenges their staff face on a daily basis.
Inevitably budget cuts were mentioned; Nottinghamshire Police have to shave 40% off their £200 million budget this year and potentially the same again next year. DCC Fish likened her job to running a £200 million company, and said that she was having to take some tough financial decisions, although her focus was very much on maintaining frontline policing. This was achieved by the sale of capital assets, and although the force will reduce the number of employees it has, this will mainly be achieved by non-replacement of existing personnel, avoiding the need for redundancies.
PC Bhaker provided a view from the front line so to speak, and explained about his work in a number of capacities, including the prisoner handling unit, prior to becoming a warranted officer. He also promoted the benefits of the Special Constable system, and provided information on joining for potential recruits.
Peter Nathanail,student at Trent and Head of the Arts and Speakers programme said “It was great to welcome DCC Fish and PC Bhaker to Trent, and together they gave a really interesting talk. Pupils appreciated the mix of anecdotes, humour and future messages, and the 'Question by text' system prompted a flurry of queries. I had a great number of really positive comments from pupils following the event, and a few are even considering a career in the Police Force as a result of it."