I am currently serving as a Police Constable on the Local Policing Team in West division of Essex Police. We answer all the emergency calls and are the first on scene to deal with every eventuality. I am also on the committee of Mesa and a fully trained Coaching Mentor for the black, Asian or minority ethnic applicants. Previously I worked in a civilian role for a year and a half in the Domestic Abuse Investigation Team as an Investigating officer and receive several commendations for my work surrounding Victims of Domestic Violence. I am also a fully trained Assistant Taekwondo Instructor and Black Belt worlds silver medallist.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The obvious reason is to make a difference to society and changing people’s perception of the police and what it takes to be an officer in today times. Speaking to people and treating them the way I would like to be spoken to. You cannot be in a role like this if your ultimate goal isn’t to help people. I love the fact every day is different, and the adrenaline rush you get rushing out to incidents to ensure you are able to keep your community a safer place and help those in need of assistance. I could never see myself doing anything else that would give me as much job satisfaction as being a police officer.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
Our police force needs to represent our wider community for greater reassurance to victims of crime that there is someone to talk to in their native language, I see first-hand that it instantly puts them at ease and a greater rapport and trust can be built with them. It helps us do our job to the fullest and in a timely manner without the need to seek outside sources meaning we have more time to deal with time critical incidents
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
I was supported by Essex Police from the get-go and instantly felt part of a huge family.
I owe a lot to my recruitment buddy I was allocated, Superintendent Jonathan Burgess who supported me from the beginning of my Policing journey and who even now still touches base to find out how I’m getting on. Also, without the support of DS Angie Mitchell pre-Essex Police days for believing in me and convincing me that the job was for me and what I have always searched for. There are way too many people to mention but they know who they are, and I will forever be grateful for their help along the way.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
The amount of work and hours put in behind the scenes that I see these officers do is phenomenal in order to get justice for victims of crime. This is something I’m very proud to be a part of and the very reason I joined in the first place. No day is ever the same and you develop a second instinct for danger. You are never off duty. It’s just a lifestyle and feels like you truly are giving something back.
What advice would you give to anyone identifying as black, Asian or minority ethnic thinking about joining Essex Police?
Do it! Don’t wait for the right time as there is no such thing. My only wish is I done it sooner. I waited till 35 to join but it was the best decision of my life. The training puts you through your paces and you learn so much during this period and put yourself to the test. I’ve grown so much as a person and have that sense of contentment now after years of searching for it.