PC Sean goes from cadet to cop as he takes on new role

Berwick will welcome one of its own when a new police officer takes up his duties.

By Tony Gillan
Sunday, 17th November 2019, 11:19 am
Updated Sunday, 17th November 2019, 12:25 pm
PC Sean Riley is looking forward to his new job in Berwick
PC Sean Riley is looking forward to his new job in Berwick

PC Sean Riley first joined Northumbria Police in May 2012 as a cadet. He became a special constable in January 2017 and a full officer earlier this month.

He will be officially deployed following his training period and will learn the ropes from officers he worked with and admired when he was a special constable.

He is especially pleased to be stationed in Berwick as he was brought up and educated in the area.

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PC Sean Riley, second from the right, is joining the team in Berwick

PC Riley said: “I’m really excited for what lies ahead. I loved my role volunteering as a special. I made great friends, learned how to support communities and victims and I want to develop that going forward as an officer.

“I have a very keen interest in neighbourhood policing, solving the problems that are occurring within communities and coming up with long term solutions to help residents and reduce victims of crime.

“We cover a huge geographical area when it comes to our rural communities, and this has its benefits as well as its challenges.

“But I’m confident we have the right approaches to staying proactive in our policing and tackling of crime. I look forward to continue the hard work of my colleagues to maintain this.”

PC Riley has shown his dedication by relocating for his new role. He is also looking to climb the ladder during his police career.

He added: “I hope to progress through the ranks but I’m in no rush yet. I love policing on the streets and I don’t want that to change anytime soon.”

The new officer was keen to thank his parents for the support they have given him.

He said: “My mum always goes on about how she would make a good detective because she watches Vera. But to be honest she worries about me because it can be a dangerous job and you can be disliked for doing the right thing.

“But I hope to continue to change people’s negative perception of officers and show communities we’re here to help and support them. After all that’s why I joined in the first place.”