Police Constable Emma Coleman, a participant on our National Graduate Leadership Programme, has just become the second PC 433 Coleman in her family, inheriting her late grandfather’s collar number. Here she tells us a little bit about what it was like growing up with a mother and grandfather in the police, and what serving means to her.
I come from a policing family, with both my mum and grandad serving 30 years in the police.
After seeing the work that they had done, I knew from a very young age that I wanted to follow in their footsteps and pursue a career in policing.
Whilst on the Police Now programme, I have been lucky enough to receive my grandad’s collar number and become the second PC 433 Coleman in the family. My granddad served with Northumbria Police, as did my mother, and now I am extremely excited to be joining the force too in my new full-time role.
My mother was a Chief Inspector and I often spent time with my grandparents when I was growing up, when mum was working long shifts. My first ever shift was actually on the anniversary of my grandfather’s death, which for me was very poignant. I know that my grandmother is very proud to see me in my uniform, sporting the familiar collar number.