EMMA BRENDA WANJIRU,30
'The most-followed cop'
I am a corporal attached to the Central Bank of Kenya where I offer VIP protection and provide security escort.
I used to work as a salesperson at Proctor and Gamble. Deep down though I knew I wanted to serve especially since both my parents have served in the Kenya National Police service.
For tryouts, I went back to my hometown Nyahururu to practise and train back in 2012. I used to run every morning but did not make the cut. I remember crying and questioning God so much and to my surprise he answered my prayers. Among the women who had been selected, one was pregnant. I took up her spot when she was ruled out.
I got my daughter, Lanisha, 12 when I was around 19 years old and that was the most trying time of my life. First my friends deserted me once they learnt that I was a teen mom then my daughter’s father became very abusive. At the time I never thought I would ever get out of the abusive relationship. But I did and that is why I am very vocal on matters about abuse.
I am the most followed cop on Instagram, with 109K followers. This enables me to effectively use my social media platform to help other women going through the same.
Mental health is very important to me. At one point in my life, I had slipped into depression. I am a very reserved person and let it eat me alive. That was before I made the conscious decision to go for counselling after a friend recommended one for me.
In my line of duty, my biggest challenge is not getting the respect that I see my male counterparts being accorded. However, I’ve grown thick skin because I realized that if I keep letting people disrespect me, then I will not be able to perform my duties as I should.
The best part about my job is being able to serve people. I genuinely love it when I get feedback from people I may have assisted in one way or another.
The cases I hate most are cases that deal with violence and defilement cases. They used to drain me when I was at the police station.
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