PC Ron Law, PC Darcie Hughes and PC Chris Fredriksen are now out on the streets of our county helping to catch criminals and keep people safe.
Find out why they want to protect and serve the people of Essex
PC Ron Law says:
"I grew up in Southend but my family is originally from Hong Kong.
"I used to be a secondary school teacher and, before that, I was a personal trainer and a health and fitness manager for a gym.
"I’ve wanted to be a police officer from a very young age because my mum was a police officer back in Hong Kong.
"In my previous job I was lucky enough to sit in on a knife crime workshop and that inspired me to join the police. It made me realise I could do more.
"I’ve got good communication skills from my previous experience of working with children and adults. I can chat to anyone about anything. By talking to people, I can help improve police relations with the public.
"I’ve really enjoyed training – it’s gone by so quickly.
"Essex is family-orientated force. The people are welcoming and there are opportunities here if you want to progress your career.
"I’ll be posted in Southend. I’m looking forward to catching bad guys and putting them behind bars.
"I want to make my mum proud and be an inspiration to future black, Asian and minority ethnic officers."
PC Darcie Hughes says:
“I grew up in Colchester.
“Before I joined the police, I worked with the homeless, helping rough sleepers into accommodation.
“When I was working with the homeless, we would call the police to support us with incidents. I wanted to do what they were doing.
“I’m a good listener and I have empathy for people and their situations. I learnt not to judge a book by its cover. Everyone has a back story.
“I’m quite girly and I’m into vintage clothes. I did wonder if people might think I’m too small but everyone has welcomed me. We’re all individuals. Everyone is different.
“I’ve really enjoyed the training and I’ve met a great group of people who I hope I’ll stay in touch with. I was surprised how much I enjoyed the practical side.
“My family are really proud. My partner is with the police and he’s been a huge help.
“I’m being posted in Colchester. I’m really looking forward to patrolling a place I know well.
“I’m keeping an open mind about where my police career will go. In ten years, I want to still be enjoying it, that’s the most important thing for me.”
PC Chris Fredriksen says:
“I grew up in south-east London. I moved to Essex in 2002.
“Before I joined the police, I was an HGV driver and, before that, I was security supervisor at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford for just under ten years.
“When I was younger, I was a goalkeeper at Crystal Palace and represented England under-16s. I even trained with David Seaman. I got a freak knee injury that ended my career at 16.
“When I lived in London, we didn’t have a great rapport with the police but, when I moved to Essex, I met a colleague who works here now, who told me all the positive work the police do.
“I have two children and want to help keep my community and family safe, and try to make a difference with the younger generation.
“On my son’s first day at school, he said ‘I want to be a policeman like Daddy’. That’s my motivation.
“I’m 35, I’ve been around the block. At the hospital I met people with mental health issues, the elderly and children, so I learnt to talk to people. I’m a good listener. I’ll be using that experience in the police.
“I loved the training. I’m surprised how quickly it’s gone.
“I remember walking in here on Day One a nervous wreck but now I feel confident to go out and protect the people of Essex.
“I’m going to miss the friends I’ve made but I can’t wait to get out on to the streets. I’m raring to go.
“I’ve been posted to Saffron Walden and eventually I’m looking to go into roads policing.”