Volunteer (68) lives her dream

New volunteer at Brighouse POlice Station Jennifer Howe with Sgt Warren Pitman and Sgt Julian Hartley
New volunteer at Brighouse POlice Station Jennifer Howe with Sgt Warren Pitman and Sgt Julian Hartley

A VOLUNTEER is fulfilling her dream of working in the police force.

Jennifer Howe has wanted to be in the police force since she was a teenager but only now at the age of 68 she is living that dream by volunteering her spare time to help officers at Brighouse Police Station.

“Going back a long time I wanted to be in the police force but I was not old enough then and I didn’t want to go to Wakefield for six years to train,” she said.

“It was one of my biggest regrets and that’s when I noticed in the Echo that the police were wanting volunteers I thought now is my chance before I get really really old!”

Mrs Howe, who lives in Brighouse, is helping the force to co-ordinate the Neighbourhood Watch groups, which appeared to have faded away, by encouraging people to attend the partners and communities together (PACT) meetings.

“It can only be a help to the police force because they are so tied up with their jobs that they can’t get down to the amount of time it takes to contact people,” she said.

Insp Mohammed Nawaz, who heads the Lower Valley team, said: “Volunteers bring a wide range of experience to the teams and support us to build up bridges between the public and the police. Most important they release my police officers to spend more time on the streets to concentrate on preventing crime, anti-social and patrolling the communities away from some of the administration tasks.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sgt Julian Hartley on 01422 337238. The next PACT meetings are tonight for Hipperholme and Lightcliffe at the high school at 7.30pm and Rastrick at Rastrick High School at 7pm on Monday.