Nottinghamshire Police

Nottinghamshire is a fantastically diverse county, from the explosion of music and colour at the annual Nottingham Pride and Caribbean Carnival to the rich history of the area, embroidered with inspirational stories of entrepreneur George Africanus, footballer Viv Anderson and boxer Jawaid Khaliq to name a few.

Nottinghamshire Police wants to replicate that diversity within its own workforce. We recognise that by recruiting employees from all walks of life, we can benefit from their local knowledge, their ability to communicate in multiple languages and their existing relationships in the county.

In return, we promise a varied career, with support for underrepresented groups from initial applications right through to career progression and appraisals. Whether you dream of being a Detective Chief Inspector, have a passion for forensic science or want to volunteer your time as a Special Constable, there are plenty of options to consider. We also offer support and training to prepare you for the recruitment process and, once you’ve joined us, there are a number of support networks including the Black Police Association, Nottinghamshire Encouraging Women to Succeed and The Network, our LGBT+ staff support group.

Nottinghamshire Police is a great place to work with a real opportunity to help the community and make a difference. But don’t just take it from us! Some of our officers shared their thoughts on working at Nottinghamshire Police:

Sergeant Stephen Carr is a Response Sergeant at Worksop Police Station. He joined the force in 2002 after transferring from West Midlands Police and has called the 14 years in the job ‘fantastic.’

Sergeant Stephen Carr
Sergeant Stephen Carr

Stephen said: “I’d always wanted to join the police force from an early age and working in my local policing team was my aim. Joining Nottinghamshire Police gave me a real satisfaction and allowed me to transfer closer to home.

“I think officers and staff really thrive on the challenges of policing – for me, my biggest challenge is the responsibility of looking after my team of officers, but that’s also one of the most rewarding parts of my role. I’ve been lucky enough to work with and meet some fantastic people and work on a number of projects, such as the Criminal Investigation Department, training and the Protester Removal Team.

“Every day is different and you never know what to expect when you start a shift. Typically, my main responsibilities are to react and deploy officers to incidents, input data and work towards the welfare of my team. However, you do get some really rewarding jobs – I was once involved in the rescue of a woman who had jumped into a canal. We managed to save her life.

“My proudest moments so far have included getting the chance to make a difference to the local area, progressing to my current rank of Sergeant and making my parents proud of me. 

“Joining the police was a dream come true. I’d advise anyone thinking about it to go for it – it’s an incredibly rewarding career.” 

PC Kayley Oppon-Kusi is a Response Officer at Oxclose Lane Police Station. She has been with Nottinghamshire Police for three years.

PC Kayley Oppon-Kusi
PC Kayley Oppon-Kusi

“I joined the police because I wanted a job with the opportunity to progress and with the variety and challenges that being a police officer brings,” said Kayley. “I also saw it as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the police and people from minority ethnic communities, such as my own.

“I’ve had to face many challenges since joining the police but, as I’ve become more confident in my role, I’ve become less sensitive to the opinions of others – I’ve developed the ability to respond in a way that challenges behaviour and, hopefully, broadens people’s minds.

“A typical day for me starts by checking emails and getting up to date with any admin from the previous shift. Normally within an hour of starting a shift I’ll have been allocated a job by the Control Room, although sometimes I’ve barely got my coat off before I’m out on a job. I mainly attend urgent and immediate jobs so I often travel using blue lights and above road speed to get there as quickly as possible.

“Once I arrive at an incident I’ll speak to everyone involved and either complete statements or make an arrest if required. Any prisoners need to be transported to the custody suite and then I head back to the station to complete the paperwork. Once I’ve finished, I’ll be available to attend another incident and start the process again!

“I’ve been on the Response team since I joined, but I’ve gained experience in the Criminal Investigation Department, Child Abuse Unit and Prisoner Handling Team. For me, the best part of my job is knowing that I’ve helped someone, even if that’s in a really small way. 99% of the people I see are happy to see us and grateful for the service we provide – even our attendance gives people that extra bit of reassurance. Of course, for the more serious incidents the satisfaction comes from knowing that my actions have gone some way to protecting someone or helping them to get the justice they deserve.

“For anyone thinking about a career with the police, I’d definitely encourage them! It’s such a varied role with so many opportunities for experience in different areas of work and, although it’s challenging, it’s exciting too.

“The police force needs ambitious people to move through the ranks and have a positive influence on both the internal workings of the force and the communities that we serve.”

To find out how you can make a difference, visit www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/careers, where you can view the latest vacancies, read more profiles and find out what the recruitment process entails. For more information, email hr.positiveaction@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk, quoting ‘Black History Month.’