Tell us a bit about yourself
I work in the Force Control Room as a Senior Communications Officer. I mostly work on the Automatic Number Plate Recognition desk but also do dispatching, supervising, tutoring and training. I have many creative hobbies and enjoy writing songs, drawing pencil sketches and producing short films.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The thing I enjoy most is training people. Either new starters who have very little experience of the organisation and their upcoming role within it or established staff who need to learn new skills (i.e. becoming a tutor.)
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
It’s so important because no-one in life must ever feel as if they don’t fit in somewhere because of who they are.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
I didn’t encounter any barriers to joining Essex Police.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
Essex Police is an organisation that serves the public so it goes without saying that all people must feel 100% included and welcomed if they need to use said service. If anyone feels that they can’t approach the police because they fear the reception they might receive, then the organisation has failed. That’s why it’s essential for Essex Police to take part in Essex Pride and similar events to demonstrate comprehensively that Essex Police will never discriminate and caters to everyone.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
Essex Police has always supported me in representing the force at Essex Pride. There has never been a problem rearranging my shifts to accommodate this.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
When I train people to become tutors, we include sections on communication where trainees learn what type of learning style they favour and also the manner in which they generally communicate and interact with others. It provides a fascinating voyage of self-discovery for them and reveals attributes about themselves about which they previously might have been totally unaware.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Essex Police is a fully diverse and inclusive organisation as would be expected for any public service. We have members of staff from many backgrounds and I feel that the organisation truly strives to treat everyone fairly and ensure that no-one feels like an outsider.