Born in Mombasa, Kenya, we settled in England in the late 60's. Our upbringing and education are very much British. Growing up in the city I saw so much diversity, and experiencing rural life I began to love nature and the outside. So, is diversity real or just a word to ponder.
I myself graduated with an Economics degree, After University I joined the police and served as an officer there for 23 years, attaining the rank of Sergeant. I had already learnt about the conduct of prayer and marriage but I took the decision to pursue my career in policing, where faith was so very important.
Policing itself brought many challenges and experiences, most of which involved the protection of life and property and catching criminals, thieves, burglars, etc. Having worked on response I also supervised policing delivery in Beaumont and Charles Street. Of course these experiences developed my observation and analytical skills of people and life further.
Education and learning didn't stop in the service. I continued to obtain two university qualifications around education and I focussed on training law and procedure and policing to new and probationary officers heading up a training function in my force.
I am greatful for the skill set that developed. I later led race relations training and ended up working as a Team Leader in the recording of crimes and a core Crime Bureau function. Working alongside three other Sergeants we were responsible for the correct recording of all crimes and deciding where there was no crime. Key skills which help me even today
1. Time keeping.
A Home Office qualified Police Trainer and trainer assessor I have also written and published extensively on policing, race relations, terrorism, police training and Human Resources. I am also honoured to have received both the long service and good conduct medal and the silver jubilee medal.
Some lay observers in the industry contend that policing and preaching are miles apart; but observers could not be further from the truth. Both require ethics and a genuine will to treat everyone fairly.
When searching for a Preacher it is important to understand and respect the path each Preacher may have taken and I am immensely proud of my achievements inside policing in relation to race, teaching and the prevention of hate locally and nationally.