Name: PC Jonathan McDonald
Role: Road Policing Constable
Serving since: 2007
What you did before the police
I was a supervisor at B&Q in Chelmsford.
What your role consists of
As a Roads Policing Officer, I deal with any road traffic incident or offence. This ranges from non-injury and injury road traffic collisions to fatal collisions to clearing dangerous debris from the road. I enforce the road traffic laws such as dangerous driving and speeding. Like other officers, I investigate any crimes which develop from these incidents. As I’m an advanced driver, I can engage in a pursuit to catch any criminals who do not wish to stop for us – this all results in the roads being a safer place. I’m also the Essex Police County Lead Drill Instructor which means I lead the drill training for new recruits, finishing with a parade at the conclusion of their foundation training.
Specialist Training received
Advanced and initial phased pursuit driver
Traffic law training
HazMat (ADR) training – which means I’m an examiner for health and safety to ensure dangerous goods are transported safely on the road
Public order and Public Order Medic - Level 2
How you got into the role
I have gained experience over a number of years as a local policing officer, joined our roads policing teams for attachments to learn more before applying for the role. I also chose this area of policing because I sadly lost a friend in a fatal collision on the road – I wanted to make a difference to help those in these difficult and tragic situations as I’ve been there myself.
Why you joined the police
Through genuine desire to support people in their times of need.
What you love about the role
It’s so diverse. I know it sounds cliché but no two days are the same. We deal with people at what can be the worse day of their lives but we do our best to make it better and to keep them safe.
Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer
Go for it! If you get knocked back try again or look at different routes into the police. If you think this challenging, unique and rewarding career is for you then don’t give up.