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What was it like to police the Black Lives Matter protests last summer?

How have you handled policing the pandemic on the front line?

Why did you choose to become a Police officer and is it what you expected?

All these questions and more are answered by six south west London police officers in a series of exclusive interviews on Riverside Radio, the community radio station for the boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth.

In the first programme which airs on Riverside Radio this weekend news editor Stephen Menon talks to two officers from completely different backgrounds who’ve ended up in uniform, serving the people of south west London.

Detective Constable Scerene Williams who’s been in the Met for the last decade explains why it took her some time to feel confident enough to join up…

“I was born and raised on a council estate in south west London, the very last thing my parents wanted for me was to join the Police. My Mum begged me not to join because of what she saw as racism. She thought all Police officers were racist because that was her experience when she was first in this country when she arrived here from Jamaica. She begged me not to do this.”

Detective Superintendent Owain Richards also features in the first programme…

“I’m from a Welsh speaking family in South Wales. I always wanted to be a Police Officer probably since I was about 10 or 11 and I wanted to try and make a difference, to help people, to protect the public. I joined Dyfed-Powys Police on my 21st birthday actually and here I am still alive to tell the tale, almost 25 years later.”

A further two episodes of #BehindtheBadge includes local police officers from different ranks, gender and backgrounds who reveal why they joined the force and if life in the Met was what they expected.

Stephen Menon, Riverside Radio’s News Editor said;

“Our volunteer news team are delighted to continue our strong relationship with the Met Police in south west London. We hope these interviews shine a light on both the unseen positive aspects of working in the Met, and discover some of the difficulties our Police officers face on a daily basis.”

The #BehindtheBadge interviews will feature on the launch of Riverside Radio’s news based podcast titled The Ripple Effect.