PC Sue Southgate
I joined Essex Police in an admin role in 2003 then after three years I became a Police Community Support Officer. After 13 years serving my community as a PCSO, I joined as a Police Constable in July of this year.
What did you do before the police?
I worked for a security company as a ‘buyer’ before joining Essex Police in my admin and PCSO role.
Why did you join Essex Police?
I joined Essex Police as admin support and my journey continued from there. I became a PCSO before an officer because I like to talk to people and it gave me the opportunity to work in my community.
Which area of the county are you going to be serving?
I will start my tutorship back in the west of the county where my journey with Essex Police started.
What have you enjoyed about your training?
I have enjoyed meeting new people. For me it was almost going back to the beginning, it was hard to put my PCSO role behind me. Taking on this role was a completely new challenge, it’s been hard work but so worth it. This challenge has been made easier with the ongoing support of my husband since the start of my course and years before when I worked for Essex Police in previous roles.
What’s been your most memorable moment?
The most memorable part has to be when we carried out our charity event, we ran several miles over 24 hours for the Essex Retried Police Dogs Fund.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer?
GO FOR IT. No matter what your age (I am no spring chicken) but if you are fit and well, have ambition and drive, then go for it!
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