PC Gabriel Culcea
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a Police Constable, working with the Local Policing Team in Chelmsford. I’m still relatively new to the force, but I am enjoying every single moment of it. Of course, through my service I have had hurdles to overcome. I am usually a stubborn person and it takes a lot to put me off track, so I managed to get over the difficulties, and come back next day with a greater strength to go out and fulfil my duties. Amongst my achievements I will mention the most important, the safeguarding of vulnerable witnesses and victims (on one occasion I was able to assist in saving the life of a member of the public); I will also mention one investigation I conducted which resulted in the suspect being charged for a breach of a non-molestation order, with the case adjourned for the sentence soon.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
One of the main reasons that I applied for this job, which keeps on being one of the things that I enjoy the most, is the diversity of the incidents we are attending and the complexity of situations that we are facing as police officers. There are no two days the same, and the feeling that every single decision you make has a significant impact on someone’s life is unique.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
“We are all unique individuals, and that is the best thing that has happened to human beings” is something I heard when I was a child, which has stayed with me ever since, and I refer to it every single day in both my personal and professional life. The cultural exchange is one of the things that amazes me on daily basis and coming across different individuals with different beliefs, mentalities, habits, values and traditions never stops in fulfilling my thirst for knowledge.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
I didn’t have any barriers in my process of joining Essex Police, the only stepping stone for me was to overcome my fear of not being accepted and my fear of failing because of limited knowledge about policing and also the differences in mentality, coming from a country with a completely different approach to policing.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
From my first contact with Essex Police, the moment I had the first call back after I submitted my application I realised that all my nerves in regards with the application process were completely ridiculous. The support I received throughout the recruiting process was amazing and I always had someone to explain to me what was happening and the next steps to be taken. Through my first year as a Police Officer I have had the full support of every single colleague I met. They were always happy to help and address my questions and share their knowledge (and believe me, I did ask quite a few questions!) Essex Police as an organisation have offered me all the available resources in order to perform at my best and in order to develop my skills and knowledge.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
What can be more interesting than coming into work every day not knowing what will happen and what jobs will you attend? Nothing can replace the adrenaline that runs through your body when you are called to an emergency, nothing can replace the feeling you get when you leave the scene knowing that your actions made a significant change to someone’s life, maybe even saved it.
What advice would you give to anyone identifying as BAME thinking about joining Essex Police?
The same advice I will give to someone not from a BAME background: If you feel that your knowledge and skills can help you make a difference to someone’s life and if you are willing to challenge yourself to prove that, go for it, submit your application!