I am a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer), responsible for supporting the public and police officers in their duty.
I have previously worked as a Fire Fighter and for a charity in East London, helping to provide childcare for working parents. I spent some time working in the city too, but I wanted to get back to helping people so joined Essex Police in January 2019.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the fact that I have the time to help people and put a smile on their face.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
Diversity and Inclusion is so important because we need the public we serve to know we care about them. We need people of all walks of life to mix so people see the truth about people they haven’t met, to dispel misconceptions and break down the barriers that separate us. I think this only happens by getting to know people from other backgrounds and learning that although we all have differences, we are more alike than we realise.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
I have not found any barriers personally, but I know that some may think that there are barriers because of misconceptions surrounding the police. When you Join Essex Police you will not be treated or seen as black, Asian and minority ethnic or another background that you feel will set you apart, you will just be treated as an Essex Police Officer or member of Staff. Despite having Dyslexia, I have managed to succeed with both training and my role. Essex Police have supported me in allowing additional time for my exams too.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
I am currently in the process of moving from a PCSO to a Police Constable. I have received support throughout the process and had a recruitment buddy to help me progress and provide additional guidance.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
As much as there are set things I need to do, I also have the freedom to be pro-active. If there is something I think is important I need to help with like a high risk missing person, I can drop what I’m doing and help with that, providing I’m not leaving a member of the public in the lurch.
What advice would you give to anyone identifying as black, Asian and minority ethnic thinking about joining Essex Police?
I would say, if and when, there is any truth to your fears about joining, by joining you go a long way to correct those problems.
We are actively trying to be as diverse as possible and we will only achieve this by you joining. If anyone is unsure, please get in touch – I’m sure there are many officers and staff that would be very happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have about the role.