Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a Communications Officer in the Force Control Room
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Being the 1st point of contact for people who desperately need our help, providing them with reassurance and assistance they need
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
We all come from different walks of life and have our own life experiences. We have often dealt with something that others have not. This is why having a diverse team is so important, as we can each bring something beneficial to the workplace from our own experiences and that in turn helps others learn about how to use our experiences positively in our daily lives. It also enables us to provide the best service to members of the public and our colleagues alike.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
It’s important because we are a diverse community and all of us should be aware of differences that others may have to us, which allows us to be more understanding and relatable to our community.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
I’ve been in various investigative and frontline roles during my service. I have had a couple of injuries that meant I was office-bound for a time. I have also had a child whilst being a serving officer. Each time I returned to frontline policing, Essex Police supported me fully to allow me time to recover, regain my confidence in all aspects of my role and I have also since been encouraged to progress into Detective roles, as this is what I enjoy most.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
We are the 1st point of contact for many people reporting incidents to police. It is so important that we are on the ball and pick up any comments made by the person reporting so we can act immediately to safeguard them. You never know what call you will get next.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Essex Police want a diverse workforce with various skills and attributes. There are a lot more female officers in Essex Police now than when I joined 11 years ago, which is refreshing to see. Women are encouraged to join the Police and there are many opportunities to climb up in the ranks, as well as specialise into roles that best suit your skills. Flexible Working Patterns are considered reasonably, which allows you to work hours that can work around your life.
I would always recommend anyone wanting to see if Policing is for them, to go on a ride-along, or to join the Specials first, to get a ‘feel’ for the job.