Diary of a key worker: Chloe Herrmann, resourcing manager
In response to COVID-19 our staff and officers are working to keep you safe. For some this has meant a change to their role, the way they work and some personal sacrifices.
As part of our new 'Diary of a key worker' series we’ll be bringing you the personal stories of people in teams and departments across the force and how they are responding to the pandemic.
"It’s a really strange time to be pregnant because I’m not able to share milestones with friends and family in the normal way. My husband also hasn’t been able to attend appointments with me which has been quite hard but we of course understand why this is necessary.
"Due to me being an agile worker I was fully equipped to work from home from day one but we’ve all had to be flexible to ensure we keep all of our key recruitment processes running. My day to day role looks quite different at the moment as I’m focusing on how we can amend our face-to-face processes to take them online and ensuring our police officer recruits do not experience a delay during their recruitment processes.
"As a team we’re all working really hard to stay connected and support each other during these anxious times. It’s really easy for people to feel isolated, especially if they aren’t used to working from home, so we’re using the technology we have available to have team catch ups every couple of days.
"I know I’m not on the front line and I’m sheltered being at home, but I also know the work that myself and my wider team are doing is really important to ensure WMP are able to deliver a great service now and in the future.
"It’s humbling to see all key workers working together to keep us safe and maintaining essential services – I am so grateful to them. To support them, we all need to ensure we follow the guidance, stay at home and look after each other."