Officer represents Essex Police at Number 10
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One of our officers has visited Number 10 as the Prime Minister hosted a reception for police officers across the country to thank them for their efforts in the pandemic response.
We were represented by PC Chris Daves who, during the pandemic, moved out from his home for five weeks to protect his family.
“It was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever had to do. To leave my family for five weeks, not being able to play with the kids, share a takeaway and share a bottle of prosecco with my wife. Lots of small things that I missed meant it made it a really tough time.
“There are numerous officers and staff that have sacrificed a lot throughout the pandemic, especially my colleagues on the frontline who have faced first-hand the dangers that this pandemic has thrown at us.
“It’s a nice gesture towards recognising what we have been through.
“The pandemic has brought challenges that nobody has ever faced before.
“There's also the possibility that every job you go to, there is the potential of contracting this virus that can make you very poorly, or worse.
“Since the lockdown easing, more people are out and about, there is the same risk and the demand on police, and other emergency services, has rocketed."
Chief Constable BJ Harrington said:
“I’m really proud of all our officers, staff and Specials, whatever role they are in.
“Everyone has had to deal with their own challenges and hardships over the past 16 months.
“To be recognised for all that we do is very important to me as we put in so much work, day in, day out, going above and beyond to protect and serve our county.
“Not only that, we’ve provided much needed advice and support to colleagues and the public, and sometimes we’ve forgot to think about ourselves.
“Over the summer, we’ll continue to do what we do best – help people, keep them safe and catch criminals.”