After being inspired by a police officer who helped him in an incident, a Watford pub landlord has gone from publican to St Albans police officer.
The pandemic offered a blessing in disguise for landlord Scott Walker, who finally found the time to pursue his lifelong ambition of becoming a police officer.
South African-born Scott had wanted to become a cop since he was inspired by a police officer that helped him in an incident more than 20 years ago in London.
Now 20 years on, Scott has been officially welcomed to Hertfordshire Constabulary by Chief Constable Charlie Hall and started with the St Albans Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) a week later.
Scott said he would recommend a policing career to anyone who is looking for a career change.
He said: “Although I was in the pub game when the first COVID lockdown happened, I wasn’t worried about the hospitality industry just yet and, as I was furloughed, I had the time to apply and now, first week of shifts in, I am loving it and working with a great team.
“Even in one week the huge variety of work has been amazing and I do feel like I’m finally in a job that puts me in a position to help others and do what I’ve always felt I’m meant to be doing.”
His first week included a real mix of policing jobs, from attending a Black History Month function with an Afro-Caribbean community group to dealing with an affray.
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