Tony Ixer started his career journey with the Royal Military Police in 1985 before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1989. After 15 years with the Met, Tony transferred to Cambridgeshire Constabulary. He worked in various roles across the county including time as Policing Commander for Peterborough and Head of Intelligence for the force. When he retired from the police in 2017 Tony was serving as the Detective Superintendent leading on Professional Standards for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire tri-force partnership.
Upon retiring from the police force, Tony knew that he wanted to continue working in public services, helping people as he had done throughout his policing career. A discussion with a friend that was teaching at Cambridge Regional College, followed by introductions and visits to the Cambridge Campus, saw the start a new chapter in Tony’s career as he moved into teaching.
Tony said, “I felt I had a duty to the community, and I believed I could fulfil this by sharing my knowledge and experience with young people starting out on their journey to becoming police officers.”
Tony completed the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and upon completion, began teaching on the Level 3 Uniformed Public Services course. With the level of experience that Tony brought to the role, he also started teaching on the Level 4 Higher National Certificate and Level 5 Higher National Diploma courses in Policing. Alongside his teaching role, Tony enrolled on the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training. Teaching while studying, meant that Tony was well placed to complete the required teaching hours to complete the study programme.
Tony added, “I enjoy teaching young people. I am now working with my fourth intake of students, and for some, that means I saw them arrive at CRC as 16yr olds and now they have graduated as adults ready for the industry. Several of my former students are now serving as police officers. Being able to spend that time with them, preparing them for the future, is one of the best things about being a lecturer.”
Tony started out as a uniformed officer, then he spent much of his career as a Detective gaining experience working in serious and organised crime and intelligence. The professional connections that he has built in that time mean that he has a strong network of contacts that he can call upon to help bring the experience of policing to life through off-site visits, workshops and real-life scenarios.
Tony concludes, “My learners find it useful that my knowledge and experience comes from first-hand exposure to the world of policing. It allows me to contextualise situations, which in turn adds depth and meaning to the lessons that I am teaching.”
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