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

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“I didn’t want to be known as a hobby bobby – I wanted to do what police officers did…”

I joined the Specials because I’d always wanted to join the police service and I thought I’d give it a go. I was initially only going to do it for a year, and ended up staying and making it into my 25th year.

When I joined the Specials, we were just coming out of the ‘hobby bobby’ era, so we were just breaking away from fetes and carnivals. I was part of the first generation of new Specials who started to push barriers; I didn’t want to be known as a hobby bobby – I wanted to do what police officers did.

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“I thought I’d never be able to fulfil this dream…”

I wanted to be involved with the police from a young age – my uncle was a police driver in Northumbria and often when we visited he’d show us the police cars which I found really exciting.

As I went through school I got involved with sports coaching, and on the recommendation of one of my teachers I moved into teaching. I qualified in 1996 and started work straight away. I began my career, and gradually moved my way up to a point where starting a new career would have been difficult.

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