From the beat to the catwalk: The WPC competing in beauty queen contest
Sexy PC: Alice Nicholas poses up in a ballgown ahead of the Miss Cornwall 2012 competition
A policewoman is swapping her unflattering uniform and baton for ballgowns and revealing clothing, as she prepares to compete for the title of Miss Cornwall 2012.
But she insists that pageants share similar values to her profession.
PC Alice Nicholas was put forward for the contest by a
friend and said she had no idea until a letter arrived on her doormat
confirming her place and requesting she audition.
If the 22-year-old does well in the competition, she could then enter the Miss England contest.
Miss Nicholas said: 'I think I’m a good role model for young girls. I don’t think I’m anything special, I’m just ordinary.'
'At school I was never one of the cool kids because I wasn’t smoking or drinking.
'It was hard not to give in to peer pressure just to be popular but because I didn’t I’m where I am today.'
She said although the Miss Cornwall competition is a far cry from her usual job, there is a common theme between the two roles.
'At work I have my hair scraped back, little make up and have the most hideous trousers to wear, while Miss Cornwall is about being pretty and glamorous,' she said. '
'But they are both community-based. A big part of Miss Cornwall is charity fundraising.'
Miss Nicholas added that she thinks she is a good role model for young girls because she worked hard and wants more females to join the police force.
'I’ve come from a difficult background and I’ve worked really hard to be where I am today, people think that because of my job I’ve had everything handed to me on a plate, but that’s not the case,' she said.
In uniform: Miss Nicholas is proud of her profession and wants more females to join the police force
She’s no stranger to the dangers of policing either.
In July 2010 she was attacked by teenager, Zacharia Howse, who bit her following a disturbance in St Austell town centre.
She suffered a six-centimetre wound and he was later convicted of the assault.
Campaign photo: This is the photo that Miss Nicholas is hoping will secure her lots of votes ahead of the Miss Cornwall live final at the end of March
Miss Nicholas said: 'I think I’m a good role model for young girls. I don’t think I’m anything special, I’m just ordinary'
Voting for Miss Cornwall 2012 opens on Valentine's Day and the live final will be held on 30th March at the Fistral Beach Bar in Newquay.
Other contestants include a horse riding instructor and a traineee accountant.