Pride as fa­ther and daugh­ter join forces

Com­man­der praises ‘un­wa­ver­ing en­thu­si­asm’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A HILLING­DON po­lice of­fi­cer spent his first Fa­ther’s Day serv­ing along­side his daugh­ter this year.

Po­lice Sergeant David Wright, 59, was joined by his po­lice con­sta­ble daugh­ter Lucy – who only com­pleted her ex­ams and train­ing in Jan­uary – on Sun­day June 21.

And it was cause for dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion as the week­end also fell on Lucy’s 22nd birth­day.

Sgt Wright, who has po­liced Heathrow Air­port and served in Diplo­matic Pro­tec­tion dur­ing his 36 years on the force, and is now an emer­gency re­sponse of­fi­cer said it was a “com­plete sur­prise” when his daugh­ter passed her po­lice ex­ams.

He said: “She never even told me she con­sid­ered a ca­reer polic­ing. See­ing Lucy at work fills me with so much pride. I know that my com­mit­ment and ex­cite­ment for the job must have rubbed off on Lucy. I en­joy the job now just as much as I did 36 years ago, and I wouldn’t change any­thing about the path I took. Lucy join­ing the ser­vice is a true gift to me as a fa­ther and I know she will go far in ev­ery­thing she does. She is such a great tal­ent.”

Lucy said that while grow­ing up she was “in­trigued” by sto­ries of her dad’s work and was in­ter­ested in the peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions he en­coun­tered. She said: “I would love to hear about the crim­i­nals he would catch. He inspired me to join the po­lice, and from the first mo­ment I took to the streets I knew this job was for me.

“I’m lucky to be work­ing in the same bor­ough and unit as my dad and it does have its perks. I get the same ex­cite­ment about hear­ing his sto­ries, and now I can share my own, and lis­ten to his ad­vice as a col­league.”

David and Lucy ex­pe­ri­enced a per­sonal tragedy four years ago when David’s wife, Lucy’s mother, died in a fa­tal col­li­sion in Wilt­shire as a re­sult of a drunk driver. The woman driver was sub­se­quently jailed for eight and a half years.

Lucy added: “One of my first ar­rests ear­lier this year was of a man who was dis­play­ing signs of drink driv­ing. He has since been charged, dealt with by the courts and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing.

“This is al­ready the most re­ward­ing ar­rest I’ve made, and if I can pro­tect the public I know I’m mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence.”

Hilling­don Bor­ough Com­man­der Nick Down­ing said: “You can’t help but smile when you are in the com­pany of Dave and Lucy. They may be at dif­fer­ent ends of their ser­vice, but it is hard to dis­tin­guish who has just started their ca­reer as their un­wa­ver­ing en­thu­si­asm is in­fec­tious.”

n FAM­ILY AF­FAIR: From left to right, Po­lice Sergeant David Wright, daugh­ter PC Lucy Wright and Bor­ough Com­man­der Nick Down­ing

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