Nadia El Hatimi
Tell us a bit about yourself
I joined Essex Police in May 2003 and have worked in a few different departments in the force since then. I am currently a Senior Resolution Centre Investigator.
I moved from Morocco to the UK in 2000, I couldn’t speak a word of English at the time. I went to college and learned English and six months later I started to make conversation and became more independent.
I faced huge challenges in my first year living in UK, however with strong determination and hard work I managed to secure my first proper job with Essex Police, working for the Counter Terrorism Unit. After a year and half, I felt I could give more to the diverse community and became a PCSO for 9 years.
I have overcome so many personal challenges in my time as a PCSO, but I have learned from each of my experiences and put them into practice to help others. This knowledge and experience also helped me to join the Crime Management Teams and become a Crime Investigator in 2016.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
A diverse work force means wider knowledge of the needs of the diverse communities we serve.
Diversity is the full range of ways a person can be identified. When we say diversity in the workplace, we mean the idea that our workplaces reflect the communities we serve. Diversity has many facets including race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, age, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation. But diversity isn’t always something we can measure or see. Diversity also includes people with differing educational backgrounds, personality types, cultural references, experiences, or physical abilities, subsequently they have different needs.
Consideration in the work environment is a strong and conscious condition that builds the investment and commitment of all representatives. Genuine incorporation removes all barriers, segregation, and bigotry.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
One of the main qualifications that helped me to join Essex Police is that I come from Muslim and minority ethnic background and speak three different languages. These are skills that the force values, especially when communicating with the diverse communities we serve.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
During the early stages of working at Essex Police in 2003, I was introduced to the BAME buddy scheme. I became a member, sharing any thoughts and ideas with other members. My Sergeant and Team Leaders have always supported me and tried to understand my needs.
One of most challenging things I faced working for Essex Police, as Muslim woman, was the lack of finding where to pray. As soon as I raised the issues with my supervisors, I was put through to the right support network that worked hard in setting up a multi faith room for anyone who needs spiritual and prayer time.
On the holy Ramadan Month, I never find any issues in changing my shift hours to accommodate my fasting needs.
What advice would you give to anyone identifying as BAME thinking about joining Essex Police?
My recommendation to anybody showing an interest in joining Essex Police, is to go for it.
I have been at Essex Police for a long time and have moved from one division to another. During this time, I have never felt that I have been treated unfairly, I have been allowed the time and allocated a prayer room where I can pray five times a day to fulfil one of faith pillars peacefully.
I was supported when I chose to wear hijab whist in uniform. My work hours get changed for a month each year to help me with the fasting during Ramadan month. I am also allowed to change my work hours to observe the Islamic holy celebrations.
I can't express my gratitude toward Essex Police enough, for the support that I was provided with, therefore making my work venture agreeable.