Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper
10th February 1997
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am currently the strategic investigator for the investigation into the 39 Vietnamese victims in Purfleet, it’s a real honour to be involved in this enquiry and ensure that those involved face justice. Outside of work I like football, dog walking and time with the family, last year I ran my first London Marathon.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Helping people and locking up serious offenders, we all have a duty in tackling these complex and serious offences, I also enjoy helping people achieve their potential and progress in the organisation.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
Creating a culture that values difference and diversity helps attract and retain a workforce to better reflect our communities.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
When I joined Essex Police, I was a young 18-year-old, I faced many hurdles when engaging with the community particularly those from older generations and had to learn to adapt my communication style.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
Our values of honesty, integrity and respect for people are part of everything we do, diversity in our force and our communities not only makes us stronger but unites us together.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
My youngest daughter is on the autistic spectrum and has dyslexia. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD for which he is medicated.
My family, life and work experiences have truly shaped who I am today and what really matters to me for which I am truly blessed. Raising a child with a disability is a constant challenge and reward in equal measures, and being their father it’s an exhausting, exhilarating and sometimes lonely roller coaster ride. This has developed an inner Strength in myself and personal resilience. What was tough for me was the fear of diagnosis, but it’s a good thing, I did not want a label, but realised that it’s so important to get the support they deserve but to ensure it does not define them.
I am blessed with the incredible amount of love my children share.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
During a Hate crime campaign in 2004 working in Thurrock I got to meet Gary Lineker and watch the Spurs v City Cup match with him in his BBC TV dressing room, being a spurs fan it was great to watch them take a convincing 3-0 lead only to see City make one of the greatest comebacks in cup history.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
It will be the best decision and journey you will make; Essex Police is like a family and one that you will want to be part of.