Nick Roberts

Response PC

Aylsham High school
1 A*, 4As, 8Bs.

Paston 2006 - 2008
English Language and Literature A-Level - Grade A
Law A-Level - Grade B
History A-Level - Grade B

Where did you go to University and what mark did you leave with?
I decided to apply for the Police and because my application was successful I didn’t go to university.

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
I work for Norfolk Constabulary. As a response PC I can’t say I get involved in projects. The nearest equivalent would be ‘operations’ that we’re involved in. The most recent operation which I had a leading role in involved executing a series of warrants in the Cromer area attempting to arrest and disrupt local drugs suppliers. My role specifically was to be the arresting officer for two of the five warrants, to interview the suspects and lead the subsequent investigation.

What is a ‘typical day’ at work like?
One of the best things about my job is that there isn’t really such a thing as a ‘typical day’. My job description is to respond to calls from members of the public and help them as required, and when I’m not doing that I have crime investigations to progress.
Jobs we respond to can be anything from traffic collisions to thefts or assaults. Police also work to support a variety of other agencies, so I often find myself dealing with issues alongside social workers or paramedics.

Investigations often involve taking written statements from people which document what evidence they can provide to aid an investigation. Other common lines of enquiry would involve working with our Crime Scene Investigation department and database research.

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
I studied Law, English Language and Literature and History to A level, and Psychology as an AS.
All my A levels involved essay writing, which is always useful in my job as we often have to summarise and explain large quantities of complex information in a straight forward way. My Law A level contained a criminal element, which was directly applicable to policing and I which I use on a weekly if not daily basis.

What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
Confidence when dealing with conflict situations and quick, robust decision making. Police Officers regularly find themselves alone in difficult situations. To be effective you have to be able to swiftly prioritise what needs doing, and then act while ensuring that what you’re doing is the right thing.

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
Yes, I went through the Police application process from start to finish while at Paston and was accepted a few weeks after finishing my final exams.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
I started as a Police Constable in the November after I completed my A levels in 2008.

"All my A levels involved essay writing, which is always useful in my job as we often have to summarise and explain large quantities of complex information in a straight forward way"