CI Jackie Hirst: Women in Policing.

Chief Inspector Jackie Hirst is a 27 year career police officer based at Blackpool in Lancashire.

Chair of the “Women in policing” network, she is also a Force Incident Commander and Operations Manager for Firearms and Road Policing.

Jackie started her career at the south end of Blackpool, an extremely busy sector where new officers literally sank or swim.

During her career she suffered bereavement on a scale that would have finished most people. To her credit she used the experience to push forward, refusing to give in and ultimately came out the other side a wiser person.

“Theres a promise I made to my husband. Please live life for the both of us.”

 

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About Walk the Talk

I have been a Police Officer for 20 years. It’s fair to say I have just about seen it all. I have spent my service working major town centres on response seeing all that life can throw at a human being. But, for the last eight years I have been on the road policing unit in its various guises. It is on this unit that I have seen life transpire to deal its cruelest hand. Both as an investigating officer and a family liaison officer, I have witnessed tragedy that at times I am at a loss to understand and at worse comprehend. Wholly committed to saving lives, this is the role of the road policing officer. As I have gotten older and realising that my emotional sponge is saturated I have looked and taken a very real interest in personal wellbeing and how WE can make our life experience better what ever we do. Taking the media of blogging a stage further I now produce podcasts on that topic. Join me if you would on an evolving journey that no doubt will produce a few surprises along the way.
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