For most of his working life so far, Pc John Jephcott has been a salesman.
He didn’t join the Police Force until 2012, when he was almost 40.
“My father was a police officer, my uncle was a police officer and my wife is a police officer” said the burly, six foot one copper, who is due to begin his new job in Lutterworth soon. “So it was always in my mind.
“But the lure of the money from working in business and industry kept me away. I was comfortable in the life I was living.”
Then came redundancy, and rather than find another job in industry, Pc Jephcott decided to follow his heart into Leicestershire Police.
“This is a much more worthwhile job” he says cheerfully.
“Why? Well saying ‘to give something back to the community’ is such a given, it’s cheesy to even say it.
“But it’s also not doing the same thing every day, helping to solve people’s problems, dealing with the extremes of life, providing justice to people.”
If locals recognise Pc Jephcott, it’s because he was a special in Harborough for a couple of years before joining the Police Force full time.
Pc Jephcott will join the Lutterworth team in mid-May.
“I’m looking forward to it” he said. “In particular getting out on foot as much as I can.
“I know the public perception is that the police don’t seem to be as visible as they would like them to be.
“But I want to continue the good work of the Lutterworth team. I want people to approach me, and tell me what’s important to them.”
Pc Jephcott said that for him a good day is a ‘result’ day - “drug dealers arrested, a missing child found - lots of different things”.
And a bad day? “Any day that involves death is the worst day”.