"An unprecedented 12 months serving my community"
A Police Officer has opened up about the last 12 months working on the frontline – and the challenges it has brought.
North Shields Neighbourhood PC Amii Stewart has been giving an insight as a key worker as part of the #BeatCovidNE campaign with her weekly diaries.
And in her last diary, the 29-year-old said: “I’ve been busy this week. I’ve handed in my last postgraduate diploma assignment. It’s been a labour of love but I’m looking forward to a study break.
"I’ve also completed my second week at the Secondary Investigation Unit. This department deals with interviewing suspects and building files for court proceedings.
"As a Neighbourhood PC, it’s been a great opportunity to broaden my skill set and work with the Crown Prosecution Service.
“While work is always busy I do feel lucky to be on the frontline. I love my job. The last 12-months have been unprecedented but I’m proud to have been able to serve and protect my community.
“I never thought I’d live through something like this in my lifetime. Unfortunately, so many haven’t made it. My granny passed away in September last year.
"I only saw her through the door when I dropped off shopping until she was in the hospital at the end. Not being able to give her a cuddle was heartbreaking. Like so many others, losing a loved one is one of the hardest things I’ve faced.
“My fiancée losing her job, her being seriously ill with Covid and us having to cancel our wedding have also been huge challenges. I can’t thank her enough for her support and optimism throughout the pandemic. No matter what, she always makes me smile.
“When faced with these challenges it’s made me realise how important it is for me to take a step back and to relax. Staying home has forced me to rediscover enjoying my own company. Something I never made the time for pre-Covid.
“Being bubbled with my grandad during lockdown has been brilliant. I’m so glad I’ve been able to help him with his shopping, to go for walks and be there for him especially after my granny passed away.
"He’s keeping well and is looking forward to his second dose of the vaccine.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues for all of their support. We’re a close-knit team with lots of banter that keeps us going through the day. While we have as a force been affected by Covid, just like everyone else, together we stand as one.
“I’ve enjoyed being a part of the BeatCovidNE campaign because it has felt like a positive movement. I’m so proud of how the North East has come together to fight Covid. We’ve achieved so much in 12-months.
“Thank you for following the rules. Thank you to all of the key workers, everyone who has worked and those that have had to stay at home. Thank you to all of the volunteers supporting local communities and the NHS.
“I urge everyone to continue being selfless. The vaccine is amazing but it’s not a cure. We need to keep protecting the NHS and saving lives with each step we take out of lockdown.
"Hands, face and space is a small price to pay for summer with our loved ones. Let's make it possible.”