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Communications leader takes on special role

This Volunteers' Week, we hear from Emily Rockey, Deputy Head of Media and Communications at Sussex Police, about her role as a Special Constable

Having volunteered for charities in the past, I knew that I wanted to do more to support my local community.

Growing up I always wanted to be a police officer, therefore when my personal circumstances changed a few years ago, I made the decision to finally fulfil this ambition by becoming a special constable.

Specialling has brought me so much. The skills and experiences gained by being a special constable are more than you could ever receive through a training course.

I have been able to work with some of the most passionate front-line officers, and while at times it is tough, because like any regular officer you never know what you might attend, the opportunity to make a difference to someone through even the smallest of interactions is something that I take great pride in.

Since joining, I‘ve worked predominantly with our neighbourhoods policing teams, working with some of the most vulnerable people within our county. I enjoy being able to meet people from all walks of life and build a rapport with them so we’re able to get them the help they need, or the justice they deserve.

My most memorable moments all involve safeguarding victims, which often is not shown in the media yet is such a vital role of the police. I’m honoured that people feel they can share some of their hardest moments with me and I’m now in a position to do something about it.”

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Emily Rockey

Emily Rockey is Deputy Head of Media and Communications at Sussex Police.