Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a Professional Development Officer, training and assessing the Serious Organised Crime departments and the Special Constabulary within the South of Essex.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love how varied the police service is. Every day is different, along with the everyday requirements of helping the Special Constables be the best they can be and assisting the regular constables out on shift.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
We need and benefit from experience in all different areas. We are all different and this benefits any workplace, as we all bring something different to the role, which ultimately benefits the people we meet and work with. Without difference’s we couldn’t provide the best service.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
There were no barriers to me joining Essex Police as a police officer.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
It’s important because we can learn from each other and our knowledge and differences make us better people inside and outside of work.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
I’ve been an acting sergeant on several occasions, 2 of those were long term and the opportunities were given to me by my supervisors who had faith in me and encouraged me. The experience in the roles led me to gain experience, knowledge and confidence in myself.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
Apart from now being a qualified assessor and trainer, I also still get to work shifts and mix and match what I do.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Things have changed over the last few years and we have a lot of female officers, rising the ranks and becoming a part of the leadership structure. We also have a lot more females working in specialised roles that were once very male orientated. Nothing is a barrier now. Flexible patterns or job shares are considered once training is finished and officers are out on shift. The force is very welcoming to all people.