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Joining the Police in 1995 age 23


"My sister told me not to join the because she was in the Police and she said it was quite ; this was in 1995. She said ' I wouldn't advise it. I work with people who said 'I wouldn't work with gays’.' I thought I can't let that hold me back for the rest of my life. I went from an office (in the ) predominantly women where I wasn't totally out, but I was out to a few people into an environment which was predominantly men. It was a bit of a culture shock. Part of me got paranoid; part of me got sensitive. I remember going to the training school and being quite shocked by some of the attitudes."

Contributed by: Derek, 35

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