PC Terique Mchayle
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a 25-year-old Black British woman of Jamaican heritage and a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
I recently joined Essex Police as a Police Constable. Before working as a PC, I was an assistant manager at a betting shop.
My biggest achievement out of work was the accomplishment of a master’s degree in Forensic Chemistry, and inside of work was joining Essex Police. My hobbies include watching TV shows and documentaries that bring forth suspense; driving, travelling and watching the sun set with my loved one.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
In my role, I enjoy the interaction I’ve had so far with members of the public, whether the circumstances were good or bad. Being in the custody block has helped me to understand the standard procedures that take place when a detained person is brought into custody.
I enjoy trying to be a reasonable voice whenever a person does not want to be in custody. Being able to calm people down in difficult moments. I enjoy being able to provide refreshments, answer a question and do observation checks on all detainees. When I get home, I feel I have made a difference and it makes me happy, hence I look forward for the next day at work.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
Diversity and inclusion are so important in and outside of the workplace, this is because it decreases racism and discrimination and promotes equality. This is important to communities within the country.
With policing being one of the most respectable careers, it is important that the community sees this for themselves.
The introduction of BAME people joining the police shows diversity and inclusion within the police and would then encourage other BAME people to join the police force. Seeing someone who looks like you or speaks a similar language to you, would not only increase public interaction with the police but also will allow a conflict situation to be diffused easier, due to less of a language barrier.
This campaign is very important because not only are Essex Police interested in the different experiences of potential candidates, but they value difference. For example, if a potential candidate or family member was subjected to FGM, the experience and danger of this practice can be shared with the consent of the candidate to being awareness to other candidates within the police.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
There were no barriers in joining Essex Police. To be honest, I thought there would be when I first applied, but I was wrong.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
Since starting in March, I’ve not needed any support from the organisation. However, I am positively sure I am supported by the organisation because of all the tools and networks available to each member of staff, no matter what cultural background you’re from.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
Due to serving for only six months, which included training, I cannot answer this question, but I will perhaps in the next six months!
What advice would you give to anyone identifying as BAME thinking about joining Essex Police?
Like Nike would say, ‘Just Do It’. The myths around the police are all misunderstood. If you have a passion for helping others, you are hardworking, you believe in doing the right thing, the right way, join today. No matter what background you’re from, no matter who you are, Essex Police is here to support you 100%.