PC Yang Pei
I started with Essex Police as a Special Constable in April 2019. As of August 2020, I’m training to be a Police Constable.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a 35-year-old trainee police constable. I’ve lived in three countries before landing in England, and I’m fluent in German and Chinese. Outside of work, I love travelling and photography is one of my main hobbies.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I loved being a Special Constable, and training to be an officer is going well so far. It’s been good to meet new people and take classes, like defensive skills training. As much as I’m enjoying being at Police College, I am looking forward to going out on shift again soon!
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
People come from all walks of life and diversity makes the world a more interesting place. Having experienced lots of different cultures both inside and outside of the workplace, it can make communication easier. You find common ground.
How do you think Essex Police values difference?
They’re an inclusive employer, and Essex Police think through a diverse lens. The support networks here for BAME staff are also really helpful.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
If you’re interested in policing or experiencing policing, I was a Special Constable beforehand, which has given me great experience. It’s definitely making the journey to being a Police Constable a lot easier.
Every day – every job you get sent out to – is different and exciting. I was once able to assist with furthering the intelligence around a missing persons case, by translating information that was in Chinese.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Whoever you are, whatever background you’re from, if you want to help people then there’s a place for you at Essex Police. If you’re fluent in another language, or have skills in another language, that’s even better. It means you can help victims or witnesses who may not speak English, and you’ll make them feel more comfortable.