“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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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

Back to school for Superintendent Basra

Have you ever arrested anyone?

What inspired you to be a Police Officer?

What do you eat?

Have you any brothers and sisters?

Do you like your job?

Just a few of the many questions I have been asked during my tour of schools throughout the south of Bedfordshire over the past few enjoyable weeks.

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