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Humans of WMP: Paul Wong

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My family owned Chinese restaurants growing up so we were always busy running parties and celebrating around Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is special to me because more than anything else it’s the connection to my heritage and my father. It connects me to the past and reminds me of who I am and what formed me.

It wasn’t until I became a police officer that I really encountered problems out on the streets. But then I’m not sure whether I was being called names because of my background or just because I was wearing a uniform.

My dad wanted me to join the family business, but we had friends who were police officers. I was always going to join the armed forces or the police - in fact I did sign up for the Royal Air Force, but joined West Midlands Police as a police cadet at the last moment, because my mom told me I had to!

Throughout my career I’ve been a plain clothes officer, worked in Special Branch and been a counter terrorism officer. I retired in 2011, returning as a police staff member later that year into a national training manager role.

There are lots of traditions at new year but to be honest the only ones we now continue are getting together, eating and handing out ‘lucky money’. This is given in red packets by the older family members to the younger ones and I’ve noticed that as I get older it’s costing me more!!

My family owned Chinese restaurants growing up so we were always busy running parties and celebrating around Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is special to me because more than anything else it’s the connection to my heritage and my father. It connects me to the past and reminds me of who I am and what formed me.

It wasn’t until I became a police officer that I really encountered problems out on the streets. But then I’m not sure whether I was being called names because of my background or just because I was wearing a uniform.

My dad wanted me to join the family business, but we had friends who were police officers. I was always going to join the armed forces or the police - in fact I did sign up for the Royal Air Force, but joined West Midlands Police as a police cadet at the last moment, because my mom told me I had to!

Throughout my career I’ve been a plain clothes officer, worked in Special Branch and been a counter terrorism officer. I retired in 2011, returning as a police staff member later that year into a national training manager role.

There are lots of traditions at new year but to be honest the only ones we now continue are getting together, eating and handing out ‘lucky money’. This is given in red packets by the older family members to the younger ones and I’ve noticed that as I get older it’s costing me more!!

Paul Wong | Training Manager 

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