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Humans of WMP: Kim Keating

Category: testimonial, LGBT, Government, Jobs in Government, Lgbt diversity, LGBT Community, West Midlands Police, Law Enforcement, What Our People Say, Staff Testimonial


Today we hear from Kim Keating, a sergeant in our Force Support unit. 

“This year I am working nights on Christmas Eve – pretty much the worst possible as I have three young children but it’s part of the job of course. I will leave for my shift ‪at 6pm leaving my wife Helen who is an officer in CID, and the children at home.

“I will get home just after ‪7am on Christmas morning, probably to a very stressed out Helen trying to keep the kids convinced Santa hasn’t been until I get back! I will of course don my Christmas jammies and join in opening presents with the family.

“We will then all attend church ‪at 10am and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and the kids will get to see their friends from school. I grew up in an Irish Catholic family with very strong traditions and we carry on that faith with our children.

“This year, because of my shifts, we are going to a restaurant for Christmas dinner before returning home with the rest of our family to play with toys, watch telly and eat to bursting point. I will take the chance to finally have some sleep, two hours maybe… before leaving the house for another late shift.

“The Christmas shift is busier than you’d imagine… there’s the victims of domestic abuse, people getting into fights at the pub, drink drivers, those for whom it all gets too much, and more.

“Christmas can be a tough time for a lot of people so it’s one which makes me very grateful for everything – and everyone - I have in my life.”

If Kim has inspired you to think about a career with us, see what opportunities are available here.

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