"What stands out for me is the level of support colleagues are ready to offer, everyone wants you to succeed."
Following the encouragement of a friend, PC Mapianda began his career in the Met in 2019 and now works in the Emergency Response Policing Team.
Having previously worked in an office-based environment, initially both his family and friends were apprehensive about his sudden change in career but he was determined to help his community.
Over the past year, by sharing his experiences at work, he has been able to change the opinions of those closest to him, improving their confidence in the Met. He is committed to building and developing positive relationships between officers and the communities they police.
As a police constable new in service, what inspired you to pursue a career in policing?
I had a friend that worked in the Met, and encouraged me to join – but my main motivation was to make a difference in a city that has given me everything. I wanted to get involved and give something back to my community and London. You also get a huge amount of emotional support at the Met, something that was lacking in my previous job.
Having decided to become a police officer, have you had to overcome any significant barriers?
I have joined during the Black Lives Matter movement era, and my community does not have a good rapport with law enforcement in general. Some of my family members and friends are not happy and still distrustful of the police, but since I have joined I have managed to change some of their views, my friend has even joined since! Yes there is still negativity and a lot of continued negativity from past experiences but if you have had a negative experience, the best thing to do is be a part of the change you want to see in the Met and join.
How would you describe the role of a police constable?
Nothing comes close to working as police officer, it is a roller coaster of challenges. But you get to see in real time how you have helped others, the feedback is instant. The most exciting thing about my role is rising to challenges, no day is ever the same.
Working on the emergency response team you spend the day responding to emergency calls - you may never know what you are walking into but you know you are there to help.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I remember going to a call where a woman had fallen in a kitchen and had broken her hip, so she was unable to get help. We arrived at the scene, broke down the door and helped get her to hospital. Knowing that you can be there for people when they have no one else to call or turn to, makes you feel proud.
What would you say to someone considering a career in the Met?
Don’t be afraid to try and ask for help if you need it – it is ok to make mistakes, that’s how you learn. What stands out for me is the level of support colleagues are ready to offer, everyone wants you to succeed.