Serving Since

March 2018

Tell us a bit about yourself

I'm a local response officer in Colchester. So I respond to the 999 calls and investigate crime.  The range of incidents I have been to is huge. Prior to joining Essex Police, I was a manager at Royal Mail.

I'm mixed race – English and Jamaican – and I embrace both sides of my heritage with pride.

I used to be a national standard triple-jumper, so I had the opportunity to travel the UK and overseas, and train with some amazing athletes. I’m currently learning to read and speak Arabic in my spare time.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Helping people, being there and showing people that in their time of need that there is somebody who  will listen and try and help. For some people you may be the only person that they saw that day.

Also that I work with great shift, that makes the difference.  We are a great support to each other.

Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?

It’s important because everybody is so different and unique. All our communities are made up of people from different ethnicities, religions and sexualities, and Essex Police officers and staff should reflect the communities we are serving. This helps break down barriers that can sometimes prevent people wanting to reach out and report things to us.

Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?

There were no barriers for me joining Essex Police. I was worried there may be boundaries, but there were none. I was equally supported and not treated differently to anyone else.

I have two uncles who served in the Jamaican police force for years and were very respected in their community and within our family.

How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?

Essex Police gave me a buddy to assist me with the recruitment process, which I now also do for new recruits.

Tell us something interesting about your role?

I make sure I’m approachable when out in public and I love talking to people when out and about. My job role allows me to do that - I have met such a vast range of people.

I’m now a buddy and mentor for incoming police applicants.

What advice would you give to anyone identifying as BAME thinking about joining Essex Police?

Apply.

If you’re thinking about it, absolutely join up. Represent your community and inspire the next generation to do the same.

Don’t feel as though you need to change yourself to apply or fit in. I have the same interests, music and hobbies as before.