Tuesday 9th March 2021

...with Jonathon Cregeen

News from Alumni

A five minute Q&A with Jonathon Cregeen and Mr Hicks

When did you leave Archbishop Beck College?

My time at Archbishop Beck was cut short, due to the cancellation of exams last year. This meant that I left in March 2020, instead of June 2020. Despite this, I still received support towards my next steps in education and career advice.

What have you been doing since this time?

Since leaving, I applied for a degree apprenticeship with Merseyside police. Whilst undergoing the process, I worked as a SEN teaching assistant in Range High School. I was then fortunate to get the position with the police and I have been working there since the start of January 2021.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Currently, I am in the early stages of my training and degree. This means I am either at Merseyside's training academy, or at home receiving lectures from LJMU. In my spare time, I love playing the guitar and singing, as well as trying to stay active and keep fit. I always try to make time for my hobbies throughout my daily routine, although this can be difficult with irregular shift patterns and studying to complete.

What book are you reading?

At the minute, I am trying to tackle Blackstone's 'Handbook for policing students', to help with my job and university studies. Away from academic reading, I don't find much time to read, however one book I do plan on reading soon, is Tyson Fury's autobiography, as I am a huge fan of boxing and his story.

What is your all-time favourite movie?

Personally, I am not a big fan of watching movies, but I do love a good comedy film. One of my favourites is definitely 'School of Rock' but I would say that my all time favourite has to be 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

What advice would you give your teenage self?

If I could give myself one piece of advice, it would be to not worry about not having a particular career in mind and to just work hard and give your best to the task at hand. Also, I would give anyone the advice, that if you are given an opportunity, take it. This has been a significant factor in helping me gain all the skills and knowledge to get into the career I am in today.

What do you hope to achieve within the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years, I like to think that I will have worked hard enough to earn my degree and progress through the ranks, earning a promotion to a sergeant, or branch out to specialise in a particular area of policing. Wherever I do end up, I like to think that I will give my all in my role, to be a successful member to my team.

Many thanks Jonathon for sharing your time with us, very best wishes in the future and maybe one day, Chief Constable of Merseyside!

"Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation." Margaret Chase Smith


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