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Martin Hodgson case study

Transferring between forces may feel like a daunting prospect – Detective Inspector Martin Hodgson made the move and has never looked back.

‘Whilst I will always have a very special place in my heart for my first force (the Met) I have to say moving to Cumbria has been absolutely brilliant for my career and for my life.

"If you are willing to work hard and adapt then you will definitely enjoy living and working in Cumbria. It is a very different style of policing to what you may be used to especially if you have worked in a large urban force. For example you will not find as many specialised teams to take on different types of investigation as you would in a larger force. For me this has been a really positive thing as I love seeing things through from start to finish and acquiring a wider range of skills.

"Policing in Cumbria is surprisingly varied and is not what you may expect if your impressions of the county are formed from visiting the tourist hotspots of the Lake District National Park.

"If you are a police officer in Cumbria you will feel that you can genuinely make a huge difference to your community and there is no better reward. The opportunities for specialist training and promotion are also extremely healthy at the moment.

Living in Cumbria has been everything I hoped it would be.

"Living in Cumbria has been everything I hoped it would be. There are far greater opportunities to buy affordable homes than you would find back in the South- East, where I used to live. If you are interested in outdoor recreation, I don’t think you could do better. I spend as much of my free time as possible kayaking along the coast and on the lakes and exploring the northern fells with my dogs- there is literally something for everyone to enjoy here.

"I am a Police Fed rep as well as being an operational DI and I would be more than happy to talk to anyone thinking about transferring to Cumbria – search for me on LinkedIn or email me at work if I may be of any assistance."