Ever since he can remember, Dan Hayes has always had his heart set on being a Police Officer and at the age of 18, he decided to go to UCLan to gain the knowledge and skills to make his dreams come true.
Next year will mark 10 years since Dan graduated from UCLan in Policing and Criminal Investigation. Since then he has had a number of roles across the force, including a stint as a Temporary Sergeant, and now works as a Response Officer for Lancashire Police.
“I currently work in the Chorley and Leyland area and work 24/7 shifts alongside a team of officers, responding to calls from the public in a vehicle. These calls can be anything from routine crime-related incidents to emergencies and major incidents,” Dan said.
“As a Sergeant I supervised a team of response officers; whilst operational skills and knowledge are important in this role, equally important is being able to support the welfare and wellbeing of your team, helping them to get the best out of their roles whilst managing their personal and professional development.”
Throughout his time at UCLan, Dan was a special constable and worked alongside the frontline response team in Lancashire, an experience that he believes gave him an edge over his peers when it came to graduating and finding a job.
“I did quite a few things alongside my studies to give myself the best chance of success,” Dan said.
“I joined the Special Constabulary in 2005 and worked alongside frontline response teams up to joining as a Constable in 2008, earning a Divisional Commander’s Commendation in the process. The experience I got from this role was invaluable and gave me a massive head start on joining.”
Recently, Dan has been successful in his application to the College of Policing Fast Track PC to Inspector scheme, and will now embark on a two-year development scheme to achieve a promotion to Inspector.
“Being successful in my application was a massive achievement on the back of a lot of time spent in preparation. I was one of only 99 people at the national assessment centre, even to get to that point was a dream.
Dan holds UCLan in very high regard and credits the University as one of the main reasons why he’s in the job he is in today, citing the experiences of his tutors as amazing.
“I learned a lot about policing and criminology but I also learned a lot about myself. I met some great friends and had some amazing times. My tutors were fantastic, and being senior officers previously they brought so much life experience that I took a lot from,” Dan said.
The main piece of advice that Dan has to prospective students is to “just go for it” and to “take everything you can from your course tutors and lecturers as it will stand you in good stead in life and your career.”