Serving Since:

September 2020

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a Police Staff member and I work within the Digital Forensics Department as a Digital Forensics Support Officer. My role varies and is constantly expanding. I work with the IT department and the CCTV and Audio section. My role requires accuracy and attention to detail. It’s important to be highly focused and self-motivated.

Certain qualities I carry throughout my personal life includes my love for fitness and running and I take part in many Ultra marathons.

Ultra is derived from the Latin term meaning Beyond. An ultra-marathon is when you run beyond the traditional 26.2 miles.

Currently I am training for two 100-mile ultra-marathons for next year. First one is in the Swiss alps called the Swiss alps and the second is in America. I have to run both of these 100-mile ultra-marathons under 24 hours.

My aim is to become one of the best endurance athletes in the world with an aim to complete the Spartathlon –153 miles in under 36 hours – so non-stop running. You have to be fast or you’re out!

Other interests include travelling abroad to conservation sites as a volunteer, my most recent being in South Africa in a place called Windhoek. I enjoy taking care of animals whom are endangered and are born in captivity. I go particularly to look after the Cheetah’s – they are faster than anyone could imagine, especially when they are in full flight.

In my spare time I also like to read about emerging crime.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Supporting everyone I can and learning new things from my senior colleagues. And from time to time working with different departments.

Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?

Essex Police has a great image that should be maintained in order for us to be able to support our local communities and be actively involved in short and long-term change. The new campaign shows how open and transparent Essex Police are. I feel Essex police are doing a great job in terms of their core values which correlate strongly to mine. So, it was an easy decision for me to join such an understanding and welcoming force. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion and I am a member of the diversity and inclusion forum for my department, which we are always looking to improve.

Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?

Because of my ethnic background some family members did have slight concerns about how I would fit in and if my religion (ISLAM) would ever be considered an issue – but these concerns were removed from my mind as soon as I went in for my first interview for my job, I was welcomed and felt at home.

I remember going home after the interview feeling so happy about the possibility of working with such understanding and open people who don’t care where you’re from or your background, but rather the qualities you can bring and being a team player as well as solo.

How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?

Since arriving at Essex Police, I have been made to feel very welcome and I was even given a warm welcome during my induction from the Chief himself! – I featured in his blog which was awesome.

One of my mentors even asked if I needed a prayer room, so in terms of feeling supported for anything I need I almost have too much support, I would honestly say I am spoilt in that regard, and my colleagues including my line manager are always willing to help and are always pushing me to achieve and do more which is what I love. Sometimes I do get told to slow down, but rightly so as I work in such a fast-paced way. Overall in terms of support it’s a 10/10 for me!

Tell us something interesting about your role?

I don’t like to give too much away. But I can say there is sometimes some heavy lifting involved.

What advice would you give to anyone identifying as BAME thinking about joining Essex Police

Please try and ignore the myths that get thrown around, everyone is extremely welcoming. Please take my word for it.

After looking at the website before applying for Essex Police they look for certain qualities and attributes in a person, one word that clearly stood out for me was “selfless” – I was shocked to find such a word was listed and I knew then this force shared the same values as me. For me being selfless means doing more for less and doing that for everyone and anyone that comes my way regardless of where you are from, what religion, what ethnicity etc.

I hope you can take my account into consideration when deciding which direction you would like to take.

All the best,

Ray