I am the District Commander for Thurrock. I am responsible for uniform policing in Thurrock including local policing and community policing. I oversee a team of more than 150 officers, staff, volunteers and Police Community Support Officers.
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As a student officer, I attend the Essex Police College in Chelmsford to study. I learn about law, the Code of Ethics and other information relating to becoming a police officer.
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I used to be in the army and wanted to return to serving the public so started my application online. I missed the lifestyle and the sense of being part of something bigger. The feeling of comradery in public services is like no other.
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I’ve followed my dad’s footsteps as he was a volunteer police officer and really enjoyed it. I saw how much he liked it as a volunteer so wanted to take on the challenge as my full-time career.
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I joined the police so I can continue to help young people. When I get the opportunity I’m going to go on attachments with the gang teams so I can gain experience and join them in a permanent role.
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I’ve enjoyed meeting new people from different backgrounds. My new colleagues are now friends and I can’t wait to get out there on the streets with them helping to keep Essex residents safe.
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I wanted to challenge myself. I enjoy a challenge and having spoken to our trainers, it looks like as a police officer, I’ll come across a few of them. I know it’s going to be a good career and I can’t wait to get started!
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From Liverpool Street to working on the beat
Sergeant Kayleigh Webster worked for a corporate insurance company in London but wanted a role that helped people. She started her role in Essex Police as a call handler and became a Special Constable before becoming a regular.
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From 9-5 to feeling alive
Being a police officer is in Alfie’s blood, his Dad was in the police and Alfie was inspired from a young age to follow his footsteps. When the opportunity arose Alfie gave up his job in a toy shop to join the force for a more exciting career.
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From the classroom to the briefing room
Former student Georgina completed college and applied to become a police officer. Now based at the Essex Police College, Georgina has studied the law and everything needed to become a Police Constable.
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From fixing plugs to chasing thugs
Former Electrician Kelly applied online to become a police officer because it was something she had always wanted to do. She loves that she is able to help the community and people in need.
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From ringing up tills to a life of more thrills
As a child, Matt dreamed of becoming a police officer when he grew up. After a short career in retail, he pursued his dream and enjoys life on the beat.
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From exercising the body to exercising the law
Rebecca worked as a PE teacher and fitness instructor but was always interested in a career in policing to make Essex a safer place to live and work. She has recently completed her training at the Essex Police College with a mixture or practical and theory training.
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From sales to cells
Former salesman Thomas wanted to work in a role that made a difference to people’s lives. He now works as a police officer and hopes to improve his local community through his role.
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From Special Offers to Special Operations
Former supermarket manager James wanted to part of something that mattered and made a difference to other people’s lives. He is now a police officer in Southend and responds to emergency calls to help those who need our help.
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From business suits to police boots
After growing a successful business to the point where it could operate independently, Jane took a step back as a business owner and made the move to a career she always wanted to do. After attending a recruitment event and speaking to serving police officers, Jane applied the next day. She was successful in her application and has been a student officer since June.
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Sgt Matthew Alexander - Local Policing Team Sergeant with Clacton
From discovering the past to protecting our future
History graduate Matthew always wanted to be a police officer and helps to protect children as a detective on our Child Abuse Investigation Team.
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Rural and heritage crime team
From office sector to wildlife protector
Andy worked in London carrying out office maintenance but searched for a role where he could give back to society. He now works in a specialist role as a rural and heritage crime officer helping to protect rural communities and wildlife.
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Mental Health Street Triage Team
PC Amy Howard - Mental Health Street Triage Team officer
From insurance to reassurance
Bored of an office job in insurance, Amy fancied a new challenge and now works with our Mental Health Street Triage Team to help vulnerable people.
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PC Robert Bailey - Mental Health Triage Team Officer
This role is fascinating. I’ve gained a great deal of experience learning about mental health issues. As officers, we deal with mental health on a daily basis. I’ve learned more about mental health conditions and gained insight into how people with mental health issues get help.
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Gypsy, Traveller and Rural Engagement Team
PC Matt Harkness - Gypsy, Traveller and Rural Engagement Officer
The Essex Police Gypsy, Traveller and Rural Engagement Team (GTRET) works to support rural communities, providing extra patrols in rural areas and giving crime prevention advice.
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