Meet Sergeant Wendy Crowson from the Clacton Town Community Policing Team, she has dedicated her 20-year career to protecting and helping victims of crime in Essex.
From staff member to Police Officer her skills and dedication have enabled her to grow and develop a diverse career with Essex Police.
We spoke to her about her work and why she chose to build a career helping others.
Can you tell us about your current role and any other roles you’ve held?
I am currently a Sergeant on the Clacton Town Community Policing Team and am responsible for a team of 7 Police Officers and 4 PCSO’s (Police Community Support Officers). We patrol and look after the Clacton Pier Ward, along with the town centres in Frinton and Walton. I started working for Essex Police as a staff member in the Resolution Centre, taking calls from members of the public who had been victims of crime. I went on to become a PCSO, where I worked in Clacton for 5 years. I became a Police Officer in 2012 working in the Colchester Town Centre Town Team, two years later I went on to become a detective working in Colchester CID (Criminal Investigation Department). In 2016 I transferred to the Domestic Abuse Investigation Team where I was promoted to Detective Sergeant and where I remained until February 2023. Having dedicated several years to the Domestic Abuse Team, I was ready for a change and the opportunity arose for me to return to work in Community Policing.
When and why did you join Essex Police?
I joined Essex Police in 2004 when my youngest child started school. I had always wanted to be a police officer, but I did not think the opportunity would be open to me, and when I left school in the 80’s I was pushed very much into a stereotypical office role. It wasn't until I had children and saw an advert to join as a staff member that I realised I didn't have to be a Police Officer to be part of the policing team. Once I was working for Essex Police, I learnt that I wasn't too old to become a police officer, and even as a single mother of three children, who were then at primary school I was able to achieve what I wanted to for some time and applied to become a police officer. Despite being the oldest in my intake, that wasn’t a barrier, and I am glad that I did it.
What is the most rewarding part of the job or the part you enjoy the most?
Having been in uniform and detective roles I can say that policing offers so many aspects and variety to assisting the public, and each day is different. As such, I enjoy the variety, being part of a team, and inspiring others.
How has working for the police/being a police officer changed your life?
When I joined, I was a single mother, I had three children to support and am immensely proud of getting a career that plants my feet firmly on the ground; and having now achieved almost 20 years' service in total has given me a good career, enabling me to support my family.
Have you gained any other skills or qualifications that have helped you in your role?
Becoming a Detective and a Detective Sergeant was difficult at the time when my children were young, as there was a great deal of studying involved. These achievements took commitment from me and I promoted Women in Policing during these years to encourage others to seek out promotion and to break down some of the barriers we think exist to stop us progressing.
Can you offer any advice for new starters ?
Believe you can achieve. You might not be too old, your family life is not a barrier, you do not have to be a School/College/University leaver to become a police officer. It's not just a job for the under 30’s.
Do you fit the bill?
At Essex Police, we value difference, and know that we’re strongest when we all work together.
If you share our values and want to protect and serve our communities, why not join us?
If you think you could protect and serve the people of Essex, either as a police officer, member of staff or volunteer, why not see if you fit the bill?