“Nobody should ever go to work and not come home”

Sam SparkesNobody should ever go to work and not come home.

PC Jon Henry was murdered whilst on duty on 11 June 2007. I had to pick up his wife and share the devastating news.

It was the hardest jobs I have ever done in my life.

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“As a detective I’ve seen the very best of humanity, but also the very worst…”

I was born in Luton and have always lived and worked in Bedfordshire. I was proud to join my local force, Bedfordshire Police, in 1990 to serve my community and to try and make a difference.

My parents owned a sports shop and wanted me to take over the family business, but I always knew that I wanted to be a police officer having been brought up watching TV programmes like Juliette Bravo and Cagney & Lacey; tough female role models who always managed to protect the public and lock up the baddies.

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“Everyone is working together to take harmful offenders off the streets…”

One of my trainers at training school identified early on that he thought I would be a detective, but I began my police career adamant that I wanted to be a dog handler. So much so, that I spent the first two years as a PC on attachments with the dog unit so I could get some experience in that world.

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