“Be true to yourself” was the message from the Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Julie Cooke, when she delivered a careers talk to our Year 12 students.

While the Police force’s image is of a very structured and hierarchical environment, Ms Cooke, who is living proof that women now can rise to the most senior posts, said there are plenty of chances to express yourself positively.

Ms Cooke, who joined Merseyside Police on its graduate entry scheme, told our students she has enjoyed a very rewarding and varied career that has provided her with many opportunities for teamwork, leadership and personal development.

Policing has changed a great deal for the better during her career and, answering questions from students, she said criticisms that Merseyside Police was racist or homophobic were well in the past.

However, in this fascinating talk, she did not gloss over the tough challenges, such as women who wanted high flying career and a family (she has two young children) and solving increasingly complex crimes amid austerity budget cuts.

We would like to thank Ms Cooke for taking time out her schedule to help our students as they consider their future career paths. If you would like to provide an insight into your career please contact the Development Team at development-team@bluecoatschool.org.uk or on 0151 733 1407 ext. 207.

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