T/Insp Sue Richardson
Tell us a bit about yourself
Currently an LPT T/Insp at Colchester. Lots of different roles over the years including CPT Sgt, Custody Sgt, PSD SPOC and staff officer to LPA Command Team.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
It’s something different every day, managing risk and really adding value to people’s lives – for example helping them in when crisis, finding missing people etc.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
In the past female officers have not always put themselves forward for specialist roles/promotion. I have always tried to impress on my female officers that tasks should be equitable, and they should put themselves forward. Our force values both male and female colleagues and both are treated fairly and given equal opportunities.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
When I joined up there were very limited recruitment drives. Being a young female officer in the early 90s was extremely different to how it is now. We have come so far.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
Because difference makes up our communities
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
Now that I am in my ‘second phase’ of my career, the help available to me has been excellent. I am on the coaching programme and have great support from senior officers.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
On any given day I can be responsible for managing the risk attached to 3-4 people all in a mental health crisis.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Do your research about the force and our key objectives. Come with an open mind and be ready to learn as well as impart your experience and knowledge on your colleagues and the people of Essex.