PC Alicia Rodgers
Main article content
We have welcomed 451 new officers to Essex Police since March 2020 and 22-year-old Alicia Rodgers is one of them.
Here she tells us why she wanted to become a police officer and what it means to her having completed the initial training.
“I’m partially deaf… but nothing was going to stop me”
"I’ve lived in Essex my whole life and before I joined the police, I was at university studying law.
"I didn’t want an office-based job. This is more practical. We’ll be hands-on so you’ll feel like you’re really connected to the work that you do.
"I joined Essex Police because Essex is my home and you’re treated as an individual rather than a number.
"I’ve always wanted to help people. I know that in this job everybody comes before I do. I’m willing to give my life for other people – I think that’s a really important trait to have for a police officer.
"Before joining I was concerned that I wouldn’t get in because I’m partially deaf. There was a lot of talk in my family about how I’d have to wear an earpiece and how that’d affect me in my job but it hasn’t stopped me at all.
"I went through my medical and my tests and it was fine. Nothing was going to stop me.
"I’ve always been interested in becoming a detective. I want to continue down that route and see where it takes me. I want to see how far I can go.
"My advice to anyone thinking of joining? It’s cringey to say but you miss 100% of the chances you don’t take so if you’re concerned or doubting yourself, just go for it if it’s really what you want to do."
Essex Police continues to grow and that means more officers to help you, keep people safe and catch criminals.