Police Constable Latia Suen stated: “I initially thought I might do a regulation conversion course and practice to be a solicitor, however I got here throughout Police Now at a profession honest and commenced to contemplate the police as a substitute. I feel there’s a common false impression that policing isn’t a pure profession to affix after doing a level, however Police Now challenged this notion and supplied a structured route into the power that felt like a pure development from my research. Police Now’s emphasis on range and inclusion and driving change in communities as a neighbourhood police officer additionally appealed to me.
“My lived expertise as a combined race white and Jamaican lady rising up in a predominantly white village in Norfolk taught me that, whether or not I preferred it or not, some folks on this world would deal with me otherwise due to the color of my pores and skin. Rising up, I obtained feedback about my tightly coiled hair, with feedback about my ‘unique’ look or questions on the place I’m ‘actually’ from. With the prospect of a policing profession forward of me, I made a promise to myself that if I joined, I might try to make my setting extra inclusive for the subsequent era of younger lady like me, by participating with people who have the facility to affect change.
“With that in thoughts, I turned concerned within the Surrey Police Affiliation of Tradition and Ethnicity. As Vice Chair of SPACE, I take an lively function in supporting the day-to-day operating of the community. I feel we’ve achieved job at driving range and inclusion initiatives ahead within the final couple of years. Since I joined in 2020, I’ve seen our membership rocket and I’ve seen loads of robust assist from senior administration.
“I’m additionally now wanting on the steps I can take to cross my Sergeants’ examination. I feel it’s so essential that we not solely get extra girls and extra folks from various backgrounds into the power, however that we additionally assist one another into management positions and drive change from each stage.
“I’ve additionally labored onerous to be open and approachable to construct constructive relationships with members of my area people in Surrey. Though I’m now on the power’s Response group responding to 999 calls, the ties I constructed with the group throughout my time as a neighbourhood police officer has been invaluable.
“For instance, I used to be just lately made conscious of a homicide case being investigated by a neighbouring power. That they had constructed up loads of intelligence within the case however hadn’t but recognized a suspect. When the case got here to my consideration, I recognised that the outline matched somebody who I knew from my time on neighbourhoods. I alerted the power which assisted within the arrest of the suspect and subsequent cost. It was nice to utilise intelligence constructed from my time on neighbourhoods in a critical investigation.
“I’ve solely been in power for a few years, however I’ve had the possibility to work with a variety of policing groups and group companions. It’s a robust job however if you’re decided, you may actually make tangible change to peoples’ lives from the beginning of your profession and I might encourage others to contemplate a profession in policing.”