PC Chelle Buckley
Tell us a bit about yourself
I currently work on the Local Policing Team within the south of the county. I first joined Essex Police in 2010 at the age of 19 and have conducted numerous roles within the police force. I originally started the first part of my career with the Community Policing Team as a Police Community Support Officer, based at one of the busiest seaside town.
I then went on to work within the Public Protection Unit as an Investigating Officer and in 2018, I then joined as regular Police Constable working on a Local Policing Team in the south.
Policing has always been within my family and I have followed in my parents’ footsteps.
My biggest achievement so far within Essex Police is recently passing my Sergeant’s qualification. As a single mother, this was a huge commitment for me, and the hard work paid off.
My biggest achievement outside of work was placing second in the World Championships for a body-building competition.
My hobbies consist of going to the gym and keeping fit and healthy. More importantly, it’s raising my two children – being their role model and showing them that you can achieve anything you work hard for.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The thing I love most about my role is that every day is very different. You get the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds every day and help those in need.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
I believe – in my own opinion – everyone from every background are just as important as others. I feel we can learn so much from individual differences and learn to be better people. I love learning about what is important to others and what makes them who are they are.
How do you think Essex Police values difference?
Essex Police values difference by being inclusive of everyone. There is so much support within Essex Police for everyone.
Why is it important that Essex Police recognises Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities?
I feel it is important to dispel the common thoughts and beliefs about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It is important to break down the barriers that currently exist.
My heritage is Romani Gypsy and I come from such a large hardworking and supportive family. I am incredibly proud of my heritage and how far my family have come.
I believe we can learn so much from the communities and build better relationships.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
In my role no day is the same. I get the opportunity to meet so many people from different walks of life. One minute I could be sat with an elderly person conducting a reassurance visit and the next I could be arresting a dangerous offender.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
My advice would be to believe in yourself and apply.