Police Sergeant David Lester from Cleveland Police tells us a bit about his role
As a response sergeant in the police, in my current role what my job is, I have a team of 15 police officers and I make sure that we’re responding to the 999 calls, the calls that need an immediate response or a response that day, as well as missing people, and everything else that you’d associate with the front line of policing really.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The main thing I enjoy about this job is variety. Variety, and there’s no ceiling to what you can do and what you can achieve. Every single day in the police, it is something different. I’ve been in the police now for, it’s coming up to, 11 years now, and it’s something different every single day. You’ve also got a large variety in what you can do. So, I went for promotion so I’m a sergeant now. And then there’s other specialised areas such as firearms, there’s dog section, traffic… So it’s that variety and something different every day.
Did you know what you wanted to do after school?
It’s an interesting question because I didn’t really know if I’m honest. And if there’s one consistency through
my time at school and through my adult working life, it’s that I change my mind. And I’ve jumped tracks quite a few times, some were good decisions, and some I’ve reflected on and maybe weren’t great decisions, but that’s something I can answer later.
With school I was very very good with numbers, so my A-levels and university was maths and chemistry. I was terrible at French, English, those kind of subjects, but what I did realise is that I needed to do those subjects, I needed to try, I needed to do well, I needed to persevere, to get me to where I am now, and the other jobs I’ve done before the police as well.
If you could give any advice to your 15 or 16 year old self, what would it be?
Persevere. Stick in and persevere.