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'Transferring to Notts Police was so easy - I feel really fortunate to be here'

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'Transferring to Notts Police was so easy - I feel really fortunate to be here'

A single visit to Nottinghamshire Police’s state-of-the-art HQ was enough to convince PC Clare Hope to transfer into its ranks.

Having clocked almost a quarter of a century at other police forces, the 46-year-old was ready for a new challenge and she didn’t have to wait long.

The married mum-of-twins applied to transfer into Nottinghamshire Police in March this year and was working in the force’s serious collision investigation unit (SCIU) just three months later.

“It was a really smooth process,” she said. “I’d been at South Yorkshire Police for 17 years – mostly as a traffic cop – and just fancied a new challenge.

“I saw the transferee advert on the Nottinghamshire Police website, filled in the application form and from there things moved really quickly.

“I was invited to have a look around the force’s headquarters and it was really impressive. Everyone I spoke to on the day was really friendly as well and so it was an easy decision to transfer over.”

PC Hope – who also served Greater Manchester Police as a PC between 2002 and 2005 – explained just how easy Nottinghamshire Police made it for her to transfer into the organisation.

“First, the force carried out a skills audit and arranged for the roads policing DI to give me a call. The DI rang me and invited me to have a look around to see what the roads policing team at Notts was about. She spent a few hours with me and I was really impressed. She was brilliant and answered all the questions I had.

“I also met members of the team and they were all really friendly. It was all positive so I decided to go ahead with an interview, which led to a job offer. It was an easy decision to accept and once I had, I was given a point of contact who kept me updated every week on how things were progressing with my transfer.

“Once it was all finalised and my vetting and medical was completed, I had a two-week transferee course with 11 other transferees who were joining from forces such as Leicestershire, Dorset and Warwickshire. Some were PCs, other were sergeants and there was also a Chief Inspector. During that two weeks, all your uniform is sorted and you learn how to use the force systems.

“It was all handled really quickly. Once I applied, I was in within three months. I’ve known other transfers to take a whole year.”

PC Hope is already enjoying her new role at Nottinghamshire Police and praised its new purpose-built £18.5m facility – including a gym, canteen and sports hall – at its Arnold headquarters, where the roads policing unit is based.

She said: “It’s an amazing facility. There’s nothing like this at the other police forces I’ve worked at. The gym’s lovely – we were given an induction and our fitness test took place in the sports hall. I feel really fortunate to work somewhere with such brilliant facilities.”

T/Superintendent Amy Styles-Jones, who leads Nottinghamshire Police’s people services department, said she was delighted with PC Hope’s feedback.

She said: “We are delighted to welcome Clare, following her move from South Yorkshire. She brings a lot of knowledge into the force and will be a real asset to the force's roads policing unit.

"Through Operation Uplift, we will have welcomed 369 new police officers into the force and 117 of those will be transferees. This blend is crucial to ensure operational resilience and value for money.”

Nottinghamshire is a fantastic place to work and live, bring up a family and has fantastic opportunities throughout the county.

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