Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work in the country’s biggest police force? Now is your chance as the Met takes to Twitter to answer questions from the public.
David Fall has spent his entire policing career wanting to specialise in investigating serious and complex cases. His aim has always been to support victims as best as he possibly can.
Twenty years after becoming a police officer, he was one of the Met’s stars on the BBC documentary – showing the capital what his team are doing to keep Londoners safe.
Interested in a career as a detective within the Met? Follow #JoinTheMet on Twitter tonight from 6pm, where DC Fall will be taking your questions. Find out if this is the change you have been looking a career within the Met is the change you have been looking for.
“My name is David Fall and I am currently a Detective working in the Met’s Sexual Offences Unit within SC&O17 command based within North West of London.
“I was born and raised in Southampton. Growing up it was always my boyhood dream to become a Police Officer. As soon as I was old enough to apply I did and as a fresh faced 18 year old I was successful on application and joined Hampshire Constabulary as a PC.
“I enjoyed working there however in 2005 I made the decision to transfer to the bright lights of London. The appeal of policing the world’s capital City was too good an opportunity for me to turn down.
“I was first posted to Wandsworth borough and I was very much a stranger to London. I remember feeling overwhelmed at the enormity of the city and the sheer size of the Met. The opportunities seemed vast and varied. I was able to settle quickly due to how my colleagues treated me, there was a real ‘police family’ feeling at Wandsworth. I was both fortunate and grateful for that.
“I spent three years in the Homicide Command before transferring to the child protection unit in late 2011.
“In November 2015 I was posted to the command of SC&017 where I have spent five years in total and the last 18 months of which, in ‘Sapphire’, where I am responsible for investigating serious sexual offences and stranger rapes.
“I have been a Detective for 11 years now and became a Detective to investigate the most serious, grave and complex crimes. It sounds a bit corny but to lock up the criminals that inflict pain and misery on good members of our society was a driving force behind my decision to become a detective.
“The hardest part of the job is the sheer volume of work that can be very demanding, so it’s important to be able to prioritise tasks in any given investigation.
“There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying than giving the victim and their families justice in Court. I enjoy presenting complex cases during trials at Crown Court and I appreciate the fact that I have the responsibility to be able to give the victim some comfort at such a difficult time in their life.”