The call of coming back and re-joining the force where they met and fell in love was too much for one intrepid couple – who in an unusual twist turned their back on the sun, sea and sand of the West coast of Australia to boomerang back home.
James and Faye Forshaw’s story could be taken straight from the hit BBC One show Wanted Down Under, where families look at relocating to antipodean climes.
Six years ago the couple, who now live in the village of Caunton in Nottinghamshire, began their dream adventure after being accepted to travel right across the globe and begin a new life in the Southern hemisphere.
At the time Faye working as a PC at Worksop Police Station, and James as a PC at Harworth Police Station, but they couldn’t resist the lure of Australia and the lifestyle it could offer them.
After being accepted as transferees into the force in Western Australia, the two packed up their bags and emigrated from the UK to the city of Perth, where they started their new adventures.
And for a number of years this lifestyle was just what they wanted and they were the envy of friends and family living the highlife.
Wanting to spend time with both their families the couple, who even got married after beginning their adventure, decided they needed to come back home.
And the first thing on their minds was being able to re-join Nottinghamshire Police Force which had given them such good times in the past.
“We knew if we were to come back to England there was only one place where we wanted to work and that was for Nottinghamshire Police,” said James, aged 39. “We both enjoyed working for the force and when we set off on our adventures we were sad to leave it and all our friends and colleagues behind.
“But being a young couple at the time when we saw the advert to go and be part of a force in Australia it was very hard to resist. It was a dream place to be, just like you see on the TV and more. And for the last six years this has offered us a unique experience and one we will never forget.”
“I know it won’t be the same here, in Perth my shift would often start with a team briefing whilst having a coffee often overlooking the ocean,” added Faye, aged 32.
“But while we loved the lifestyle in Australia and the work we did for Western Australia Police Force, we knew the time was right to come back home and resume where we had left off. And luckily for us Nottinghamshire Police force has given us the chance to re-join, and we are looking forward to beginning the next chapter of our lives here. And we are very grateful to the Chief Constable for making this happen.”
Faye (nee Clayson), initially joined the force in 2010 as a PC. She was posted to Worksop neighbourhood response team where she later met her future husband James.James started with the force in 2007 before the pair headed off to Australia in 2014. At the time the Australian government were undergoing a review of its policing and wanted to adopt a similar stance to the UK, including neighbourhood policing. So James and Faye were uniquely suited to helping with this adventure.
“It did feel like a very long holiday in some ways, but after a while that does wear off,” added James. “But what we will miss is the ability to be able to take off when you have leave and be on the beach, or be tasting amazing wines in the wine regions. There’s nothing quite like that anywhere else.”
Since being in Australia Faye has retrained as a detective where she worked in the Sex Assault Squad. Due to her in demand skill set her new posting in force is into the adults section of the Public Protection unit.
James also acquired new skills in Australia specialising in the digital forensic unit. He will be starting his role with the force’s Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT), where his skills will be put to good use.
The new recruits are part of a wider expansion to the force, which has welcomed around 350 new officers since September 2019.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “It is a great pleasure to be able to welcome both James and Faye back to the force and we welcome their return.
“It is particularly great to see them taking up positions in areas which we are eager to recruit to, including detective and digital investigation roles.
“It has been a remarkable few days for the force with over 50 new starters coming into the force, which includes this couple plus another 25 on Friday.
“Last week we held a Passing out Parade for those just through their training and Attestation for new cops coming into the force was held yesterday. We are ahead of the game as a force in terms of recruitment and I am very pleased to note the impact this is also having in terms of us being more representative of the people we serve as a force.”
Nottinghamshire Police is recruiting a greater proportion of officers from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds than any other force in England and Wales.Between April and September this year 25 per cent of the force’s new intake under Operation Uplift were officers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
A total of 7.1 per cent of Nottinghamshire officers now come from a BAME background – up from 3.8 per cent at the start of the uplift programmer.
When compared to the diversity of the communities it serves based on the last Census, Nottinghamshire also has the highest BAME representation in the country – at 57 per cent of the last Census figure which showed 11 per cent BAME for Nottinghamshire.