S/Sgt Samantha Wright
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a Roads Policing Officer who is a Commercial Vehicle Specialist – I love engaging with the community, whether that be HGV drivers, agencies such as Border Force and the National Crime Agency or my colleagues, all of whom I work with on a regular basis. I have enjoyed being the first Special Constable to be qualified in successfully passing the Tacho Driver exams. I recently passed my Inspectors board so really looking forward to being given an exciting opportunity to develop a new team, whether that be on OPC Command or on local LPA.
I love hanging out with my son who, like myself, is very sporty. We are both tennis club members and enjoy cycling and running (although he outruns me already at nine years old!)
We also enjoy living by the sea so you will often see us swimming, look out for the giant inflatable blue shark!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy building relations within the HGV community to engage their confidence not only in making the roads a safer place for their carriage, but also to strengthen the intelligence links to target criminality on the network.
Of course, I enjoy being part of the policing family and meeting likeminded people.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
For me, the barriers came with fitting the required shifts into my work-life balance, in being a full-time single mum and working a full-time job. This can include flexible shift patterns, job shares or supportive engagement and encouragement from your supervisor. Differences within the workplace should be recognised and accommodated for, not seen as special treatment.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
Difference makes the working environment productive, different values and beliefs help us understand and develop new strategies within the policing framework which help us connect with the wider public.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
I think mentoring is essential to all development and hopefully it’s common across line managers. I often use mentoring if the officer is lacking confidence in certain workstreams or wants to learn a new process for their skill set.
I know across the force there are many support networks for employees, I sit on the Women’s Leadership and Development Forum (WLDF) as an Executive representing the Specials Command.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
Its surprisingly tricky getting in and out of HGV cabs with your full kit on! Always traverse backwards from the cab to avoid an embarrassing fall.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Working for the police force is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever undertaken, embrace the challenge – you won’t be disappointed.