An accident investigator for a Salford-based insurance company has been applying his sleuthing skills for the Royal Military Police during a major military exercise in Cyprus.

Javonne Williams is an Army Reservist and serves as a Lance Corporal at Belle-Vue based 116 Provost Company, 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police. He travelled to the Mediterranean on Exercise Lion Star – a two week-long exercise involving scores of ‘Red Caps’ from across the UK.

While there he sharpened his fighting skills in a live firing exercise and underwent specialist police training including evidence gathering and prisoner handling.

Javonne, aged 26 and a father of one, joined the Army Reserve when he was at college. He served the first seven years as an Infantryman with the 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, but transferred to 116 Provost Company last year to broaden his range of skills.

He said: “I joined the Reserves as a compromise really because my family wasn’t too sure about me being a full time soldier, and I soon found that I really enjoyed balancing my home life with the Army career. I transferred from the Infantry to the RMP last year because that role offered me the chance to change my career path.

“In my civilian day job I deal with motor claims, identify fraud and investigate the circumstances of vehicle accidents. I spend most of my days at a desk, so my role in the Army Reserve is very different; we train a lot at evenings and weekends and I’ve been on exercise in Italy and France.”

Javonne, a former student at Wright Robinson Specialist College who lives in Manchester, also competes as a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter and recently took part at an event at Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Wharf.

He said: “I get a great sense of achievement about what I do with the Army Reserve and I’ve made some great friends. I really enjoyed working in Cyprus; we got the chance not only to sharpen our soldiering skills but also brushed up our investigative and detention techniques too.”