Meet student PC Milly Bultitude, Hertfordshire born and bred and now training to be a police officer in her home county.
The 25-year-old has always wanted to be a police officer and is thrilled to be fulfilling her ambition as one of Herts Police’s first cohort training under the new police constable degree apprenticeship (PCDA).
She said: “I know it sounds a cliché but being a police officer is a path that I’ve always wanted to follow.
“I love helping and talking to people. I wanted a few years of life experience before joining, which is why I waited.
“So far, the training has been really interesting and set out well. The trainers are so supportive and are happy to explain any parts that weren’t really understood the first time round.”
Milly said the new degree scheme was a good way to learn on the job.
She added: “Although this is not the usual route into policing, it definitely has its benefits. Having the degree lets people work on the job, I personally learn better when I am able to put the theory straight into practice, which is why this appealed to me.”