In 2001, I was working as Sergeant in Wolverhampton – this is where I met Roberta. Roberta was a beautiful multi-racial (black/white) young lady who kept getting into trouble. I felt connected to her and wanted to help support her. To start with, she was very distrustful of me, but eventually we developed an understanding. I have no doubt the fact that I was a black female was a key part in building this trust. I was moved to another area and just as I was about to leave the station, Roberta came in and handed me a letter, thanking me for all I had done to help her. I have kept this letter as a constant reminder of why I joined the police and the importance of visible role models.
Today as I look to leave policing, I still read this letter with a smile and enormous pride knowing that I have indeed made a difference to people’s lives, and have continually “challenged for change”, especially around representation. I want to remind all of my policing colleagues why you joined the police, and hope that other black females will be inspired to consider a career in policing too.
Policing is a privilege, and it has been a great privilege to be able to ‘find myself in the service of others’ – Mahatma Gandhi.”