We have officers from all different backgrounds in a variety of roles protecting and serving the communities of Essex. Find out why our officers Fit The Bill in the profiles below.

Local Policing Teams

Name: Chief Inspector Claire Talbot
Role: District Commander for Thurrock
Serving since: 1999

What you did before the police

I travelled and studied at university.

What your role consists of

I am the District Commander for Thurrock. I am responsible for uniform policing in Thurrock including local policing and community policing. I oversee a team of more than 150 officers, staff, volunteers and Police Community Support Officers. We also work closely with the Special Constabulary which consists of hundreds of volunteer police officers who sacrifice their free time to help police the county. We use a multi-agency approach working alongside our partner agencies to best resolve short term and long term community issues to create a better and safer Essex for everyone who lives here.

Specialist Training received

Accredited detective
Management of Serious Crime Investigation
Force Duty Officer

How you got into the role

I’ve gained experience across nearly two decades. My first posting as an officer was at Thurrock, so I was thrilled to return there as a district commander in 2018.

I’ve recently been the staff officer for the Chief Constable which gave me a good insight into partnership work and ‘behind-the-scenes’ policing. Not all policing involves being out on the streets, we have to plan and prepare operations and policing strategies to be ready for future incidents and resolve community issues. I’m pleased to be able to make a real difference to the teams in Thurrock who are helping to protect the people of Essex.

Why you joined the police

I initially trained as a journalist but as I was studying, I realised it was the crime stories that I was interested in. I decided I wanted to get involved in helping keep people safe as well as solving those crimes rather than writing about them. After joining Essex Police, I’ve done just that, having been involved in some of the most serious criminal investigations the force has conducted over the past 19 years.

What you love about the role

I love seeing the positive impact we can have on people’s lives simply by doing our job, helping the public when they are in need of our support. Part of that includes the public engagement aspect of my role and working with partners to improve the quality of life for the local community. Every day in policing is different - you are constantly learning. I love helping officers develop and build confidence in themselves and identifying new ways to tackling the demands and challenges placed on them.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

It really is a job like no other, you build great friendships, learn new skills and really get to make a difference to the community you serve. There are so many different routes that you can take into policing now, so whether it is via the Special Constabulary, Police Now, Direct Entry or Investigate First - there really are so many options you can decide which one fits you. A great way to understand the role is to join as a Special Constable so you can see what the reality of every day policing is about and get to work with different teams across the force. Take time to visit the website to look into the different roles we have like becoming a dog handler, detective or firearms officer.

Name: PC Bob Lowe
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2018

What you did before the police

I was serving in the Royal Navy.

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT. Our training also includes practicals and assessments to make sure we are prepared for varied situations that we’ll have to deal with when policing the streets of Essex.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
First aid
Public order

How you got into the role

I’ve always thought it’d be a good career so I researched the role and applied on the website.

Why you joined the police

I wanted to make a difference in my community.

What you love about the role

It’s fast moving and I love that I’ll be out and about helping the community rather than sitting at a desk. No two days are the same!

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

Working as a police officer is a respected profession. The job is rewarding and offers a good career path. I’ve never looked back!

Name: PC Russell Ward
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2018

What you did before the police

I was in the army for ten years, working in telecommunications.

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT. Our training also includes practicals and assessments to make sure we are prepared for varied situations that we’ll have to deal with when policing the streets of Essex.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
First aid
Public order

How you got into the role

I used to be in the army and wanted to return to serving the public so started my application online.

Why you joined the police

I missed the lifestyle and the sense of being part of something bigger. The feeling of comradery in public services is like no other.

What you love about the role

The support of our trainers and colleagues is fantastic. It’s good to work with people of a similar mindset. Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer You don’t know you’re good enough unless you try - believe in yourself.

Name: PC Coral Evans
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2018

What you did before the police

Detention officer with Essex Police

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT. Our training also includes practicals and assessments to make sure we are prepared for varied situations that we’ll have to deal with when policing the streets of Essex.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
First aid
Public order

How you got into the role

I already worked for Essex Police. So I was able to speak to officers and get an insight into the role. I then prepared my answers for my application and applied online.

Why you joined the police

I’ve followed my dad’s footsteps as he was a volunteer police officer and really enjoyed it. I saw how much he liked it as a volunteer so wanted to take on the challenge as my full-time career.

What you love about the role

I’m looking forward to the variety of the role. We’ll get to deal with different incidents every day, solve community problems and lock away those bringing harm to the communities of Essex. I’ve already made lots of friends in the college and look forward to working with different people from different backgrounds.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

You’ll love it. Don’t keep putting it off like I did, apply now.

Name: PC Lizzie Viney
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2018

What you did before the police

I had two jobs. I was a dog groomer but I also worked in a pupil referral unit as a mentor for young children.

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT. Our training also includes practicals and assessments to make sure we are prepared for varied situations that we’ll have to deal with when policing the streets of Essex.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
First aid
Public order

How you got into the role

I had reached the end of my journey at the pupil referral unit as I wasn’t able to progress in my role anymore. I knew I wanted another job where I can help people so I thought this was the next step for me. I’m looking forward to another rewarding career.

Why you joined the police

When I worked in the pupil referral unit I helped young people who were struggling with their behaviour and dealing with difficult life situations. I joined the police so I can continue to help young people. When I get the opportunity I’m going to go on attachments with the gang teams so I can gain experience and join them in a permanent role. That’s one of the career paths I’d like to take as I build my career with Essex Police.

What you love about the role

Already I feel like we’re making a difference. I can’t wait to get started as every day is going to be different.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

You won’t know if you like it until you try!

Name: PC Leigh McIntyre
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2018

What you did before the police

I was a retail supervisor.

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT. Our training also includes practicals and assessments to make sure we are prepared for varied situations that we’ll have to deal with when policing the streets of Essex.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
First aid
Public order

How you got into the role

I’ve always thought it’d be a good career so I researched the role a bit more and applied online.

Why you joined the police

I want to make a difference.

What you love about the role

I’ve enjoyed meeting new people from different backgrounds. My new colleagues are now friends and I can’t wait to get out there on the streets with them helping to keep Essex residents safe.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

Go for it but be prepared! It is a lifestyle change but in a good way.

Name: PC Chloe Thake
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2018

What you did before the police

Restaurant manager

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT. Our training also includes practicals and assessments to make sure we are prepared for varied situations that we’ll have to deal with when policing the streets of Essex.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
First aid
Public order

How you got into the role

I’ve always thought it’d be a good career so I researched the role and applied on the website.

Why you joined the police

I wanted to challenge myself. I enjoy a challenge and having spoken to our trainers, it looks like as a police officer, I’ll come across a few of them. I know it’s going to be a good career and I can’t wait to get started!

What you love about the role

I enjoy learning and the content of the course is really interesting. I’ve met some lovely colleagues and we pitch in together as a team. We haven’t known each other long but there’s a real sense of comradery.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

Go for it - Don’t doubt yourself, have confidence and start your new career today.

Name: Sgt Kayleigh Webster

Role: Local Policing Team Sergeant

Serving since: 2010, 2007 as a Special Constable

What you did before the police

Retail Sales Assistant, Commercial Insurance Broker and Communications Officer.

What your role consists of

As a Sergeant on the Local Policing Team in Basildon I have the supervision of local officers including Specials implementing daily briefings, tasking and deployments. I oversee management of major and critical incidents, missing people, the force’s high priority strategic themes e.g. domestic abuse and night time economy. I provide leadership in the planning of operations tackling the district priorities, supervise crime investigations and support prosecution with evidential case files. I also undertake staff development, welfare and performances. 

Specialist Training received

Initial Pursuit Phase and Response driver
Public Order Level 2 Trained Sergeant
HYDRA course (supervising major and critical incidents) 
JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme) training 

How you got into the role 

I initially joined Essex Police in 2007 as a Special Constable then in 2009 I joined the organisation as a Communications Officer for our Force Control Room. I received emergency and non-emergency telephone calls eventually becoming a Radio Dispatcher, dispatching incoming incidents to local officers.

In 2010, I joined the force as a Regular police officer where I served the West Local Policing Area completing my probationary period gaining experience in various departments to gain a wider view on the organisation and roles available to me. In 2014, I sat both Police Sergeant exams and assessments and passed taking on the role as Acting/Temporary Police Sergeant where following the success of an application and interview I became a Police Sergeant in 2016.

Why did you join the police

Embarrassingly enough it started from watching ‘The Bill’; I was hooked and inspired. In later years at school suffering badly at the hands of bullies only made me more determined; I wanted to help people, protect those who couldn’t protect themselves. Furthermore I wanted to give back something to society and change people’s perception of the police as we are here to help.

I never would have classed myself as the most confident person in the wold, but I believe that if you work hard and show enthusiasm in all you do there are no boundaries to what can be achieved. 

What you love about the role

There are lots of reasons as to what I love about my supervisory role. Of course there’s the chance to earn a good salary, pension, benefits etc however the real secret is that it is plain fun! I love protecting and reassuring my community, making a difference to society and ensuring that justice is served for those victims of crime.

I work and train hard, learning to protect myself and others through rigorous defensive skills training utilising tactical communication and keeping on top of my other skills. There are a few more rewarding feelings such as being in a volatile and hostile situation, but being able to calmly take control resulting in a positive outcome.

Furthermore I believe it is really important to ensure that my staff and their welfare are looked after too to enable productivity and an excellent service.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

Do your research into the role and responsibilities, expectations, the force’s policing priorities and the key issues that we are currently facing. This can be done by looking on the Essex Police website, HMIC website and you can receive assistance from chosen employees (BUDDY) within the force and our recruitment events. If you would like to gain an insight into the role and fancy a patrol with us, check out the ‘Ride-Along’ Scheme on the Essex Police website.

Name: Pc Alfie McPhilimey
Role: LPT officer
Serving since: 2012

What you did before the police

Sales assistant in a toy shop

What your role consists of

As a Local Policing Team officer, I attend emergency and non-emergency calls in our designated neighbourhood. This means we are first on scene at varying incidents. These vary from searching for a missing person, attending a road traffic collision, securing a burglary scene to resolving a domestic dispute.

We also investigate any crimes resulting from these incidents. LPT officers support larger operations too involving different policing teams.

Specialist Training and skills

T.A.S.E.R trained
Response driver
Pursuit course (in progress)
Mutual aid training 
Defensive skills training

How you got into the role

This was my first posting following my training at the Essex Police College. I’ve stayed in this role since as I enjoy it – it’s action-packed!

Why you joined the police

My father was in the police and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

What you love about the role

The variety – it’s so good to be able to do a role where you never know which type of incident you’re going to attend or what your day is going to consist of. I’m glad I don’t work a typical office job.

I just like to help people too, it’s a great feeling to resolve a difficult situation for someone. 

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

I’d suggest that you should speak with any officers that you see when you’re out and about, as they can give you an idea of what it’s like to be a police officer. We have lots of officers on twitter too which will help when it comes to needing to know what to put on your application.

Our officers will be more than willing to give advice to anyone who’s looking to become a police officer and can help with applying. 

Name: Pc Georgina Day
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2017

What you did before the police

Student at college

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT.

Specialist Training received 

Defensive skills

How you got into the role

I took the time to do the research of the roles and responsibilities of an officer and took a massive interest in the work and opportunities the role can provide so I immediately applied online.

Why you joined the police

I wanted to do something important and fulfilling. I care about society and our community so I want to be able to give back and make that difference to people’s lives in a positive way. 

What you love about the role: 

It’s worthwhile and rewarding, every day is different and each day is a new challenge.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer:  

Go for it!

Name: Pc Kelly Jackson
Role: Student officer
Serving since: 2017

What you did before the police

Electrician

What your role consists of

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills 

How you got into the role 

I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. After reading the job description and checking the eligibility criteria, I applied online and went through the recruitment process. 

Why you joined the police 

One of the main reasons I joined is because I want to help the community and local area to where I live. 

What you love about the role

I love that I’m able to help the community and help people in their hour of need. 

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer 

Go for it and don’t look back. It won’t always be easy but all the training and hard work is worth it.

Name:Sgt Matt Hughes
Role: Local Policing Team Sergeant
Serving since: 2010

What you did before the police

Barman

What your role consists of

As a Local Policing Team Sergeant, I am responsible for supervising a team of officers who respond to emergency and non-emergency calls in our designated neighbourhood. I review the incoming incidents and decide on appropriate resources to attend. I manage missing person investigations, supervise serious incidents, review officers’ workloads and provide guidance on ongoing investigations to ensure that we explore every possible opportunity to identify offenders and bring them to justice. As an LPT Sgt I also brief larger operations involving different policing teams.

Specialist Training received

Public order level 2
Public order medic
Response and initial pursuit driver
Stinger/Barracuda Deployment (HOSTYDS)
Accredited acting sergeant
Tutor training (to support new recruits when they first join) 

How you got into the role

Following eight years as a PC, I made the decision to go for a promotion. It involved gaining more experience, attending interviews and sitting an exam.

Why you joined the police

I’ve always wanted to be a police officer since I was a young child.

What you love about the role

There’s so much variety working as a police officer. It’s exciting and fast-paced. I like that we get to support the new officers too by teaching them what we’ve learned. 

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

Do it. It’s honestly the best job in the world – I absolutely love it.

Name: Pc Rebecca Pentney
Role: Student officer 
Serving since: 2017  

What you did before the police

PE teacher and fitness instructor

What your role consists of 

As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer. I also join departments to learn about their roles including Op Juno, CID, Public Protection and CPT.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills

How you got into the role

I applied last year as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do 

Why you joined the police 

I’ve always been interested in a policing career and wanted to do something that would make Essex a safer place to live and work. I’m really looking forward to working alongside people from different backgrounds.

What you love about the role 

All of my training has taken place at the Essex Police College where we have had a variety of practical assessments and written exams. On top of this, we’ve done a number of community placements and a traffic operation which has been really fun.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer 

Although I am only just coming to the end of my training I would say to anyone thinking of applying - please apply it’s a very diverse role, the training is a mixture of practical and theory.   

Name: Pc Tom Baskeyfield
Role: Local Policing Team officer
Serving since: 2016

What you did before the police

Car salesman 

What your role consists of

As a Local Policing Team officer, I attend emergency and non-emergency calls in our designated neighbourhood. This means we are first on scene at varying incidents. These vary from searching for a missing person, attending a road traffic collision, securing a burglary scene to resolving a domestic dispute. We also investigate any crimes resulting from these incidents. LPT officers support larger operations too involving different policing teams.

Specialist Training received

Defensive skills
Category 3 driving

How you got into the role

I’ve recently completed my probation and was placed in this role as my first post. It’s been a fun and interesting role so far.

Why you joined the police

I wanted to make a positive impact on my community.

What you love about the role

I like that I’m having a positive impact on people’s lives. I like removing those who are causing harm from the local community too. Having a foot chase after a suspect is always fun too – keeps me fit!

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

It’s a very rewarding job – I haven’t been in the role for long but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like to help people then this is the job for you.

Name: Pc James Brewer
Role: Local Policing Team Sergeant
Serving since: 2007

What you did before the police

Customer Service Manager for a supermarket

What your role consists of

As a Local Policing Team Sergeant, I am responsible for supervising a team of officers who respond to emergency and non-emergency calls in our designated neighbourhood. I review the incoming incidents and decide on appropriate resources to attend. I manage missing person investigations, supervise serious incidents, review officers’ workloads and provide guidance on ongoing investigations to ensure that we explore every possible opportunity to identify offenders and bring them to justice. As an LPT Sgt I also brief larger operations involving different policing teams.

Specialist Training received

T.A.S.E.R
Public Order Trained
Response and Initial Phase Pursuit Driver

How you got into the role:

I joined the police in 2007 because I saw officers doing the role and felt that it was something I’d enjoy doing. After two years in the job, I applied for specialist training in public order and response driving and later I applied to be a T.A.S.E.R operator. I’ve then built on my experience to become a Sergeant.

Why you joined the police

I wanted to experience the world and be part of something that matters.

What you love about the role

I love that this role has given me the tools and skills that help me deal with difficult and more complex problems. I love that I have the skills and training to attend fast paced & quickly changing incidents and confront them head on. These skills allow me to resolve situations with the best outcome for all those involved.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer:

Bring a little bit of life experience with you and work on your communication skills – these experiences will give you a huge advantage when facing everyday policing situations, everything else you will be trained in by some remarkable and experienced trainers. Driving, computer system administration, defence skills - the lot!

Name: Pc Jane Childs
Role: Student officer
Serving since: June 2017

What did you do before the police

I owned my own successful business for five years which had 11 full time staff. 

What your role consists of: 

Learning the law and the skills necessary to provide an effective policing service.

Specialist training and skills received

I haven’t received specialist training at the moment but look forward to exploring all the different options.

How you got into the role

I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. I attended a recruitment event to find out more about the role and to see if Essex Police was the right fit for me. The event was really positive and encouraging and I applied the next day. The officers and staff at Essex Police were really welcoming, and made me feel very confident that this was the right choice for a new career. 

Why you joined the police

Having grown a successful business which operated independently, I was then able to pursue my dream career. 

What you love about the role

I’m only four weeks in and I’ve enjoyed understanding how the law is applied in the community and I’ve really enjoyed the Personal Safety Training week. It’s great that the trainers are so knowledgeable and supportive.  

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer:

Essex Police is an inclusive organisation and welcomes applicants from all ages, backgrounds and experiences. Attend a recruitment event and take the opportunity to talk to serving officers and staff.

Name: Sgt Matthew Alexander
Role: Local Policing Team Sergeant with Clacton
Serving since: 2009

What you did before the police

University student studying history.

What your role consists of

As a Sergeant on the Local Policing Team my role involves supervising Police Constables attending emergency and priority incidents, the management of major and critical incidents, and the supervision of investigations held by Police Constables.

My role also includes developing officers, allowing them to obtain the skills and experience necessary to move to specialist roles, apply for promotion and to deliver an excellent service to the public.

Specialist Training received

Detective training
Suspect interviewing
Serious child abuse investigation course

How you got into the role

I was previously a Detective Constable on the Public Protection Investigation Unit and, whilst on this team, gained experience a Detective Sergeant. Upon Promotion I was posted to the Local Policing Team to acquire new skills whilst also assisting in improving the investigative skills of LPT officers.

Why you joined the police

I’ve always wanted to be a police officer.

What you love about the role

The people I work with add great job satisfaction to my role. I like the variety that this job offers and most importantly ensuring dangerous individuals are removed from the streets. 

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

It’s a very worthwhile role. Make sure you do some research first by speaking to officers and looking on Essex Police’s website, there is plenty of information out there to help you. 

Rural and heritage crime team

Name: Pc Andy Long
Role: Force rural and heritage crime officer
Serving since: January 1992

What you did before the police

Worked in office maintenance in London

What your role consists of

The role is varied in so many aspects, I oversee all rural and heritage crime in Essex. I’m the lead for the National Crime Delivery Group, the national coordinator for Op Chronos, which tackles unlawful metal detecting and Treasure Act offences. I also examine any stolen agricultural machinery and plant tools. I represent the force at national meetings and conferences about rural and heritage crime.

Specialist Training received

National Wildlife Crime Foundation Course
Corporation of London Animal Reception Centre training 
Training from Historic England
IMI stolen vehicle training

How you got into the role

I became interested in protecting rural communities whilst working in a rural beat role at Copford in 1997. I was asked to take over the force role in 2005.

Why you joined the police

I wanted to give something back to society.

What you love about the role

I love the outdoors and have a passion about protecting our rural and historic environment. I love anything about history and believe that if we do not protect this now it will be lost so it’s great to be in a role that helps us confront this challenge. 

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

It is a job like no other. You will experience many things and many emotions, but the rewards of helping the most vulnerable in society make every minute worthwhile.

Mental Health Street Triage Team

Name: Pc Amy Howard
Role: Mental Health Street Triage officer
Serving since: 2005

What you did before the police

Insurance company

What your role consists of

As a Mental Health Street Triage officer, we work closely with mental health nurses. We attend any incidents to support officers where they feel someone may be suffering from poor mental health and needs the support of a mental health professional. The purpose of the triage car is to reduce the waiting times of police officers in A&E and ensure members of the public are given assistance by trained professionals. This role involves working closely with the NHS and allows us, as officers, to gain experience surrounding mental health issues

Specialist Training and skills received

Mental health training
Defensive skills

How you got into the role

I’ve built experience over the last twelve years as a police officer and applied for this position when it was available, as it looked interesting. I applied for this position as it looked interesting and I wanted to gain more experience with dealing with mental health related incidents. 

Why you joined the police

I wanted a new challenge.

What you love about the role

I love the variety of the role. There are no two incidents that are the same. Also working alongside our colleagues, we gain lots of knowledge and experience from them. It’s good to be able to build my knowledge about mental health as it’s an on-going issue.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

It’s challenging but rewarding. There is simply no other job like it – if you apply, be prepared for hard work but it’ll be the best decision you ever make. 

Name: PC Robert Bailey
Role: Mental Health Triage Team Officer
Serving since: 2005

What you did before the police

I was a cashier at a bank.

What your role consists of

As a Mental Health Street Triage officer, we work closely with mental health nurses. We attend any incidents to support officers where they feel someone may be suffering from poor mental health and needs the support of a mental health professional. The purpose of the triage car is to reduce the waiting times of police officers in A&E and ensure members of the public are given assistance by trained professionals. This role involves working closely with the NHS and allows us, as officers, to gain experience surrounding mental health issues.

Specialist Training received

Mental health training
Defensive skills
Advanced and initial phase pursuit driver
First aid

How you got into the role

I gained experience in other areas of policing and also supported the Mental Health Street Triage Team on a number of shifts before applying for the role when it became available.

Why you joined the police

I had a family friend who was an officer, he was enjoying his job and suggested I apply too – so I did! I joined as a Police Community Support Officer first to build my experience before applying to become a regular officer.

What you love about the role

This role is fascinating. I’ve gained a great deal of experience learning about mental health issues. As officers, we deal with mental health on a daily basis. I’ve learned more about mental health conditions and gained insight into how people with mental health issues get help. On the Mental Health Street Triage Team we work alongside a nurse so I enjoy the partnership working.

Advice to anyone thinking of becoming a police officer

Research the role and speak to serving officers to find out the different aspects of policing. Be prepared for shift work but it’s rewarding.

Gypsy, Traveller and Rural Engagement Team