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Serving since

September 2019

What did you do before the police?

I was a Respiratory Physiologist in the NHS after graduating university with my Masters in Exercise Physiology.

Why did you join Essex Police?

I always wanted to join from a young age but when I went to apply when I was 18 they had stopped recruiting. I soon realised after working in a clinical environment I wouldn’t like it as a long term plan.

I think people soon realise after university that the degrees they have studied may not be for them and this happened to be the case for me. I love the fact everyday is different in the police and I need that constant challenge which this career definitely has.

Which area of the county are you going to be serving?

Chelmsford – so I’ll have a good mixture of countryside and urban areas.

What have you enjoyed about your training?

All of it! I’ve especially enjoyed making new friends, building my confidence and developing as a person.

What’s been your most memorable moment?

The pass out parade – I was hot in my dress uniform and I had to stand in order for a long time but it was a really proud moment for me.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer?

Apply! If you have any thought about joining just go for it. Don’t hesitate because you’ll love it

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer?

Just do it! If I can do it, anyone can. You will surprise yourself with what you can achieve and you won’t regret it.