Kerry Tay­lor-hol­brook, 39, Bris­tol Kerry’s boy got his dream day!

Pick Me Up! Special - - More Real Life -

From the age of two, my son, Cal­lam, was fas­ci­nated by the po­lice, whether it was an of­fi­cer on the street, or a car with sirens and blue lights. ‘What do they do?’ he asked me. ‘They catch bad peo­ple and pro­tect us,’ I ex­plained.

One day in Septem­ber last year, there were quite a few po­lice cars parked in the area.

‘Can I write a let­ter to the po­lice?’ Cal­lam, then eight, asked. ‘Ask them if I can come round to see the sta­tion?’

‘OK, but they’re very busy, so they might not have time,’ I said, not want­ing to dis­ap­point him.

An hour later, he showed me his handwritten let­ter.

‘Dear po­lice man, I am Cal­lam…’ the let­ter be­gan.

Two days later, I got home to find Cal­lam and his sis­ter, Abi­gail, 11, very ex­cited about some­thing. ‘What is it?’ I asked. ‘A con­sta­ble and a

sergeant came to see Cal­lam,’ my part­ner, Richard, said.

So im­pressed with Cal­lam’s let­ter, they’d popped by and of­fered to show Cal­lam and Abi­gail around the po­lice sta­tion.

The next week­end, Abi­gail, Cal­lam and my­self were picked up by the po­lice!

When we got to New Bridewell Sta­tion, they let the kids try on the riot gear and hand­cuffs, and meet

all the staff. Cal­lam loved every minute of it. Be­fore we left, the sergeant gave Cal­lam a piece of ad­vice. ‘To be a po­lice­man, it’s very im­por­tant to pass ex­ams,’ he said. ‘If you do one ex­tra hour of read­ing a night, it makes a big dif­fer­ence.’ Of course, as soon as we got home, that’s what Cal­lam did! Vis­it­ing the po­lice sta­tion made his wish come true. He even showed the photos to his class­mates in a school as­sem­bly. Give it a few years and, who knows, we might have a real-life Con­sta­ble Cal­lam!

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