He was so much stronger than me, I couldn’t fight back.

The arguments and the shouting were continuous.

I was concerned about the effect it would have on my children. Continue reading


Stepping into the shoes of my ancestor

JanesFredrickFollowing one of our ‘Throwback Thursday’ posts on social media, Bedfordshire Police was contacted by Tony Ireland, who recognised a man named Frederick Janes (Fred) in one of our photos dating back to 1922.

Tony, who is a Service Manager for Public Protection at Luton Council, also happens to be Fred’s great-great-grandson.

The photo depicts officers from Luton Borough Police decades before it merged with the Bedfordshire Constabulary.

Back then police responsibilities included; licensing of premises, supervising carriages (taxis), stage plays and cinematography. Those responsibilities now belong to local councils. Continue reading

Looking back: My final shift on Response

A Sunday night in July saw my final shift pass as a Response Officer working the North of the county. I was to start my new role as a PC on the Mental Health Street Triage team in just two days’ time.ed-finn

I’ve worked on Response for the entirety of my two-year police career to date, on two different teams. It’s been a hugely exciting and challenging period.

Starting as a student officer, completing my tutorship and learning the ropes, I earned my status as an independent patrol officer, obtained my response driving ticket and completed my NVQ qualification as a student PC. Continue reading