CHRIS CASEY

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Age: 30 Role: Po­lice In­spec­tor Lo­ca­tion: Birm­ing­ham Have you al­ways wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer? Yes. But I was in no rush to sign up when I was 18. I wanted to de­velop so went to uni to study Crim­i­nal Jus­tice & Polic­ing and vol­un­teered around my stud­ies as a Spe­cial Constable with West Mid­lands Po­lice. This just fur­ther reaf­firmed my de­sire to do it full-time. So what made you join BTP? Like many peo­ple, I’d never ac­tu­ally heard of BTP. I al­ways as­sumed that lo­cal po­lice forces cov­ered the rail­ways too. But one of my uni lec­tur­ers reg­u­larly spoke about BTP and I got re­ally in­ter­ested in the spe­cial­ist work the force does. I ap­plied and less than a year later was pass­ing out of train­ing school! What ex­actly do Po­lice In­spec­tors do? Put sim­ply, it’s the third rank up – above constable and sergeant. Cur­rently I’m away from the front­line on a year-long sec­ond­ment to one of the train op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies, work­ing to im­prove how we work to­gether to re­duce crime. What’s the best thing about the job? I’ve re­ally en­joyed some of the com­mu­nity work. In 2013, we worked with lo­cal school­child­ren to stage a drama pro­duc­tion high­light­ing the dan­gers of the rail­way. We used a real train on dis­used sid­ings and had proper spe­cial ef­fects. More than 800 kids came along to watch and ev­ery­one had such a good time and I think it re­ally got the safety mes­sage across – much more than a bor­ing Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion! Has your sex­u­al­ity ever been a bar­rier? No. I have never ex­pe­ri­enced any form of dis­crim­i­na­tion or bul­ly­ing and if I did, I’d be con­fi­dent to stand up to it.

CARO­LINE SPARKS

Age: 34 Role: IT Ser­vice Sup­port Manager Lo­ca­tion: Force Head­quar­ters, Lon­don What does your job in­volve? I make sure IT is run­ning smoothly so of­fi­cers have all the tools and tech­nol­ogy they need to fight crime on the rail net­work. My team fo­cuses on com­put­ers, tablets and spe­cial­ist po­lice ap­pli­ca­tions. What made you want to work for BTP? I’m from a proper po­lice fam­ily – my dad was a se­nior de­tec­tive and my step- mum is a PC. A friend of mine al­ready worked for BTP and rec­om­mended I ap­ply. I’ve never looked back. What’s the best thing about your job? There’s such a sense of pur­pose and team­work here. We are all work­ing to the same goals to pro­tect the public and re­duce crime. It’s hard some­times, but I’m one of those peo­ple who work best un­der pres­sure. Do you think your sex­u­al­ity has ever been a bar­rier at BTP? Not at all, BTP has an in­cred­i­bly di­verse work­force. I ac­tu­ally met my part­ner here and we’re get­ting mar­ried in the sum­mer. So many of the guests are close mu­tual friends from work – it’s like one big fam­ily!

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