Essex Police inspires students on diversity within the force

Students at South Essex College’s Southend campus were part of an inspirational talk delivered by a local female police sergeant at Essex Police.

Last week, a representative from Essex Police discussed her journey into the police force and the changing and diverse attitudes within the industry.

The talk was in support of International Women’s Day where she spoke about the inclusive network within the police force as well as overcoming the challenges and prejudices received from customers.

The representative shared her experiences within the industry including search stories, taser training, and intense training methods to prepare for a role as an officer. Students also learnt about the difficult and dangerous situations with customers and how she safely overcame them. 

At the end of the talk, she highlighted the importance of a balanced male and female representation in executive and leadership roles not just in the police force but in all organisations.

The representative from Essex Police said: "It was a pleasure to come and speak to students and staff at the college and to discuss the changing face of policing in terms of diversity and inclusion. It was also incredibly uplifting to have so many students stay behind at the end to gather more information.

“I hope that my talk helped banish some of the myths about UK policing and I would encourage anyone interested in applying to get in touch with our recruitment department."

Amanda Looker, Team Leader of Enrichment, said: “It has been great to have a representative from the police force come down to discuss her positive journey in roles that some students often perceive to be not so inclusive.

“The students really enjoyed her talk and we would definitely recommend her to other schools and colleges in the area.”