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Who best to tell you what it's like to be a police officer than Avon and Somerset officers themselves?

Find out about why these officers joined the force and about their day-to-day roles.

PC Maz Collacott-Nuur

PC Maz Collacott-Nuur

It sounds clichéd and a bit cheesy but I really joined the police to help people. I'm a people person and I never really wanted to sit in an office so this was the natural choice for me.

I have two young daughters and I would strongly recommend the Police Service to them. Working here gives you such a huge range of different opportunities. You meet so many people from different walks of life and learn something new every day.

Inspector Shaun Finn

Inspector Shaun Finn

It's a bit of a cliché, but I joined the police because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to actually be in a position where I was physically able to do something about burglars, thieves and people with anti-social behaviour - generally making the majority of people miserable.

My favourite part of the role is seeing offenders being brought to justice through the courts. It can take a lot of hard work to gather the evidence and ensure there is a strong case in front of the courts but it's really worth it when justice is served.

As a police officer you also build up a network of different partners, from social workers, council workers to shop keepers - having so many good allies really makes a difference day-to-day.

PC Amanda Thomas (Beat Manager)

PC Amanda Thomas

I joined the police service in March 2002 as I had seen the "police could you" advertisements on TV and that made me think that I could!

I spoke to some friends who were retired police officers at the time who made the job sound very appealing.

I wanted to become a police officer to give something back to the community and be in a job where I could make a difference to people's lives.

Now I'm a beat manager - my favourite part of my role is being the single point of contact to my community and offering a personal and friendly service to them.

Sergeant Ben Dash

Sergeant Ben Dash

My father was a police officer for Avon and Somerset Police for 28 years so I grew up hearing about what he and others did on a day-to-day basis. I was proud of his commitment and wanted to emulate what he achieved.

I've worked here now for over 10 years and my favourite part of the role are working with such a great team that works hard to make a difference to the communities we serve.

For me, the greatest myth about the police service is that although we do like doughnuts, cream cakes are definitely my favourite.

Mounted Officer Kath Pitman

Mounted Officer Kath Pitman

I have worked for Avon and Somerset police for over 20 years. For eleven of those I was a support staff member, then for over 13 years as a police officer where I am now based in the mounted section.

I decided to become an officer after seeing how challenging and diverse the role was as a staff member.

My favourite part of my job is having the opportunity to police a wide-range of events and being able to meet lots of different people.

I have been able to work at the 2012 Olympics as we took eight of our horses to stay in London for three weeks and I've policed several marches, demonstrations and football matches. I really enjoy being approached by friendly members of the public who just want to have a chat.

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