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Experiences working in the Police in 1997


"In 1997, the first tutor I had on the streets was a bit old-school. There was a gay on our area and he made a few comments about it. He said 'There's puffters in there. That's where the puffters go. He didn't actually know that I was gay at the time. I became quite paranoid. I think that really affected my confidence within the job. It was hard enough dealing with the people that we deal with and fighting battles on two different levels. I was described as being quite quiet and introverted which wasn't me. I didn't know how to act. I thought ‘How do I act in this environment? What am I supposed to do?’ If I say too much I might give myself away or out myself. It was quite difficult."

Contributed by: Derek, 35

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