“Soon after joining Essex Police, I noticed that the local police had a good relationship with the Church of England community but wasn’t engaging as much with other faith communities. After pointing this out to my Chief Inspector, I was tasked by him to further strengthen the relationship between local police and multi-faith groups in the Epping Forest District. I was passionate about being involved in this project as I have always had an interest in different cultures, and I’ve enjoyed looking at ways we can help multi-faith groups in the district.
Throughout 2019, I met with various faith leaders in the district and examined ways that we could all communicate about issues such as community, safety, and engagement. By doing this, I was able to understand the concerns and issues affecting those communities while providing an opportunity to inform them of the work Essex Police are doing to keep them safe.