“I am very lucky to work alongside such magnificent animals”

Date published: 30 July 2022 10:00
Dated: 30 July 2022 11:00:20

Want to find out about what it’s like to work within our mounted department?

We ‘reined’ PC Lindsay Crew in for a chat to see what it’s like working on the frontline and at 18hh in the air!

Being a police officer is a mentally and physically demanding job, you never know what traumatic situations you will be faced with. But it is also a privileged job; you are there when people need you the most; you see people at their most vulnerable and at their best.

Lindsay has been a police officer for 16 years, working previously as a paramedic for Yorkshire Ambulance Service for nine years.

Working alongside police officers, Lindsay had some idea of the ‘job’ and thought it was a better career match for her. After applying in 2006, she worked as a response officer, in neighbourhood policing teams, tasking teams, as a children and young person’s officer and in CID before joining the mounted department.

Sharing the best part about being a mounted officer, Lindsay said: “Working alongside some fantastic police horses. Each one has a unique personality.

“My allocated police horse is Henry Hoyland. He holds a special place in my heart as while I was out walking with my two daughters on my day off we came across Henry in a field in Barnsley. Luckily for us he was for sale! After coming to Ring Farm [where our wonderful SYP horses live] on trial and passing with flying colours, I was allocated Henry. He has recently passed his two-year probation and continues to make progress within the department. I Love him!”

Lindsay joined the mounted department as a non-rider and after completing her rider training was able to see the benefits that policing on horseback brings, including searching large areas of land for vulnerable people and evidence, arresting offenders and community engagement. You can read more about the full team here.

We asked Lindsay what the biggest privilege is of working in the department. She said: “For me, it is working mutual aid. I have worked at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country house, when Donald Trump was President of the USA and came to visit our Prime Minster. I have stayed and worked in Glasgow for two weeks at the COP26 conference. While on deployment in York, I had the pleasure of meeting the Home Secretary at this year’s Police Memorial Day.

“Providing mutual aid makes me proud to represent South Yorkshire Police. These are not every day occurrences and to travel with our horses is an honour.”

South Yorkshire Police are recruiting police officers now until 31 August. We have different entry routes available depending on your circumstances.

Lindsay’s advice for joining the police? She went on: “I would say absolutely go for it, there are so, so many varied roles within the police and I have learnt so much in the last 16 years.

“I have met some fabulous colleagues who are now friends for life and I can honestly say each working day is never the same.”

If you would like to find out more please visit our website: https://www.southyorks.police.uk/sign-up/join-team-syp/be-the-future-join-us/.

PC Lindsay Crew

PC Lindsay Crew

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