Possible first for UK policing as Cox family of dad Colin, mum Lisa and daughter Ciera serve as Uttlesford officers
A policing family in Uttlesford have proven that they are blue to the core after filling every police rank in the district – believed to be a first in this country.
Inspector Colin Cox, wife Sergeant Lisa Cox and their daughter, Police Constable Ciera Cox, were professionally united in January 2020 and are now working to keep residents safe and deal with the community’s bad apples.
Colin has earned his inspector rank pips over 18 years after initially starting at Suffolk Constabulary.
He has been an inspector in Uttlesford since 2013 and previously worked in other departments in Saffron Walden and Stansted.
“We could well be the first family to have achieved this – I don’t believe it's been done anywhere else," he said.
But there are no family favours when it comes to dealing with crime. He said: “While it's nice having your nearest and dearest around, there's no family favours when it comes to policing. If it’s a cold, rainy, dark evening and they get a 999 call at the end of the shift, then Ciera and Lisa may be attending.”
Lisa has been involved in policing for almost 20 years in local policing, community policing, as a detective in Essex CID teams and as a youth officer.
She said: “2019 was a busy year. I secured promotion, became a qualified detective, watched as our daughter became an officer and I moved back to Uttlesford.
“I’m enjoying being closer to home and to my family, and I’m excited about being back on my old patch again.”
Ciera, 23, passed out in June 2019 and had been undertaking tutorship in Braintree before joining the Uttlesford Local Policing Team in January with her parents.
One of her first jobs was reuniting a stolen puppy found in Felsted with its owners in Kent.
She said: “Both my parents – especially Dad – are well known and respected within the force and in the district. I’m proud of their achievements and now it’s time for me to see where my policing career takes me.”
The Coxes will all operate from a shared base at Uttlesford District Council’s offices in Saffron Walden.
Colin and Lisa have two other children: Kayleigh, 26, who works in insurance, and 12-year-old Jorja.