LAWFUL LITTLE LAD
Kerry Taylor-holbrook, 39, Bristol Kerry’s boy got his dream day!
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!
Our future constable
On duty A heartfelt letter