Tell us a bit about yourself
My role is a Diversity and Inclusion Co-Ordinator for Essex Police. One of the things I am most proud of is my Sociology degree, which I am grateful finally has a use within my current role. My hobbies and interests include reading, going to the gym, yoga, meditation, belly dancing and I’m a qualified make-up artist.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
That it matters. I love having a role that has a positive effect on people’s lives and their wellbeing.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important both in and outside of the workplace?
Diversity and inclusion is important in the workplace, as when people bring their whole selves to work, they perform better, and feel better. It’s a win-win. Diversity and inclusion is equally as important in the world outside of work. In policing, if we have an inclusive culture this means we have a workforce of people serving Essex as a community in a way that celebrates and respects diversity and inclusion – having a positive knock on effect on our whole county. “We Value Difference” is how we operate as a workforce and we want everyone who considers joining us to know that difference will be celebrated, valued, and utilised where possible.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
For me, there were no barriers to joining Essex Police, other than it was not a familiar choice within my family. Being a part of both British and Mauritian culture, I have some awareness and understanding the barriers from ethnic minority communities. Although policing may not always be the most expected, traditional choice, it is an incredibly rewarding career and comes with great job satisfaction to know that you support both society and the people of Essex, daily. Although challenging at times as is the nature of the role and organisation, you are supported by a workforce of amazingly hard-working and committed people.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
I joined our women’s network, the Women’s Leadership and Development Forum, and our ethnic minority network, MESA, upon joining. I have met some great people through this and been exposed to development opportunities and attended brilliant events such as our International Women’s Day celebration each year. I’ve also had a coach/mentor throughout most of my journey within the force, formal and informal – all have been of great use guiding me through my career here and a promotion.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
We’ve created a space in most main sites across the whole county where people are able to pray, meditate or just reflect quietly. We have also increased our BAME representation to be reflective of the county of Essex in each of our new intakes, in the last 2 years.
What advice would you give to anyone identifying as BAME thinking about joining Essex Police?
If policing as a uniformed officer or supporting us as a staff member is something you want to do – go for it. Even if it isn’t the expected career path for you and those around you, if you have integrity and honesty and want to support our public – apply now.