Cadet since 2017
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am at Cadet with Essex Police serving in the Thurrock Unit and this year I was selected to take over as the next Head cadet which I am incredibly proud of. I am about 5’7 tall, but I have a hidden disability which you cannot physically see. During primary school I was diagnosed with Autism and Dyslexia. I have not let this define me and have been able to stay in mainstream school and just got the grades at GCSE that I needed to go to College.
In 2018 I was awarded the Mel Ken award at my school for going above and beyond, helping others and overcoming adversity to become an exceptional role model in the school and not letting my difference define me. I became the lead PAL in school which was a service to help other young people in their journey in their school life.
Outside of this I enjoy horse riding and sailing and am also the cadet commodore and my sailing club and help train other young people to enjoy the experience I have.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy helping people and being able to talk about my difference to show others the difference you can make in society and help them to fit in and be able to grow as a person.
Why is diversity and inclusion so important in and outside of the workplace?
As a child the first thing I said to my parents was that’s not fair! We all start here and its so important that everyone gets a fair chance of opportunity. People may be different but that only strengthens us and provides a different perspective on situations.
Were there any barriers to joining Essex Police?
There were no barriers for me joining the cadets, and I have felt part of a special team. I would like to join Essex Police in the future, and I am sure that my diagnosis would not be a barrier, in fact, I believe it is a strength, particularly around loyalty, logical thinking and a drive to do the right thing.
Why do you think it’s so important that our force values difference?
It’s so important that the Police service recognises diversity so that people can bring their different views and journeys to the service to help shape how we can support the community.
How has Essex Police as an organisation supported you in your career?
The cadet unit just accepted me, treated me like an adult and the same as the other cadets which made me feel so valued and wanting to invest in the service.
Tell us something interesting about your role?
I was given an opportunity to go to the Vaisakhi festive last year, I got to meet so many different people from different backgrounds and experience the Sikh festival. I was so welcomed and was made to feel special, whilst I had the pride of doing this in my cadet uniform.
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about joining Essex Police?
Use your diversity to make a difference and apply to join Essex Police.