During my career I have worked on Christmas Day more times than I can remember. But two occasions really stand out for me.
The first was in my probationary period – out on foot patrol and greeting members of the public – knowing that waiting for me back at the station when I finished was going to be a lovely lunch that my shift had organised. I felt part of a wonderful family – even though I was not able to be with my own.
The second was as a Detective Superintendent and SIO, and being called out to a tragic event that had torn a family apart. My heart went out to them and I felt more grateful than ever for my two families – my own family and my police family. I am very proud of both.
Policing is a 24/7/365 job. We are always there for the public, including at Christmas and other important occasions throughout the year. My thoughts are with all those colleagues who are working during this festive period, and who sacrifice their time with their own loved ones in order to keep the public safe.
We have reached the point in this year when we begin to look forward to the next one, and to what it will bring. As 2016 moves ever closer to completion and being consigned to history, 2017 will, I am sure, be one of great change with new challenges and new demands to which you will rise with vigour and enthusiasm.
As always, you will have my continued support and appreciation for all that you do.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a safe and peaceful Christmas, and very happy and healthy new year.
President, Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales