One of our student police officers is starting her training this week with a very familiar collar number…
Lois Hunt-Brown has worked as a dispatcher with the force for seven years, but is now making the leap to the streets as a uniformed officer in Sheffield.
To add to the excitement, she will be starting her career wearing her dad James’ collar number, 2675, which he wore during his 30 years with the force!
Lois explained what it means to her: “I am incredibly proud to take on my dad’s collar number, we are a police family through and through and I know how important a collar number can be.
“Both my parents worked for South Yorkshire Police, my dad left the force as an Inspector at Snig Hill, but he also spent time as a mounted officer along with countless other roles. My mum was also a PC, mainly working in Sheffield as a financial investigator, it doesn’t stop there…my stepdad worked in CID and finished his career as a DCI. It really is all I’ve ever known and despite some of the family trying to put me off a uniformed role, they have been my inspiration!”
“It’s been a very emotional couple of months, getting through the interview process is tough, especially as I’ve tried a few times before and it’s not worked out. However, this time it has all fallen into place, it feels right and I’m ready for the challenge, especially wearing this number.”
Lois' dad James said he was extremely proud: "After I retired in 2015, my collar number wasn't assigned to anyone else, which is quite unusual, maybe it's been waiting for Lois! She will be a fantastic officer, having worked in dispatch at Atlas Court she has had a lot of valuable experience and she is ready for the role.
James also had this advice: "Enjoy every minute of it, it is an incredible job and the best days work anyone can do. I'll be happy to offer her advice....but I know she'll find her own way and be a wonderful asset to South Yorkshire Police."
Good luck Lois!
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