I am a father, husband, have a type of dwarfism and I am a wheelchair user. I play wheelchair basketball, hold world records in swimming for my disability, won gold medals at International competitions and appeared on the Big Breakfast
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Supporting people – whether it be with questions and queries or life and death emergencies. Being able to support people and provide a service to them that saves lives is extremely rewarding.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
Diversity and inclusion enables Essex Police to actively relate to the communities of Essex, each person provides a unique perspective and brings different life experiences that can be related to by members of the public.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
None, apart from the stairs to get to the training room, but a solution was found to get both myself and my wheels there in one piece.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
Everyone offers a different perspective on life and has different experiences – so if there is something someone does not have knowledge or experience of there is always someone around who does. Also enables ideas to be passed around and different solutions created to solve the same problem.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
By being welcoming and accommodating, to be honest the best organisation I have worked for.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
As a call taker I am the first point of contact for members of the public, I speak to people reporting accidents, people concerned for others and people who need support there and then to prevent tragedy. No call is the same.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Go for it, everyone is so supportive of each other, there is never a silly question and there is a great team atmosphere. The opportunities within Essex Police are vast as well.