New officer joins on same day his mum retires

A new recruit has big boots to fill after being sworn in as a West Mids Police officer… on the same day his mum retires from the force.

Harry Foxall is continuing a family tradition by following in the footsteps of mum Sarah who was a WMP officer for 30 years.

Student officer Harry is currently going through the force’s intensive training programme at Tally Ho with a view to joining bobbies on the beat this summer.

He was officially sworn into the force on Thursday (16 May) which not only coincided with his 24th birthday but the moment he took over from his mother as a Foxall on the force as it marked her farewell.

Harry and his mother

A family affair: Harry with his mum

Harry, who served in the Royal Navy for five years, said:

“Mum has always told me to listen to her, and I’m certainly glad I did when she said what a great time she’s had in policing. 

“I have always felt great pride in telling everyone she is a police officer; helping to keep people safe and catching criminals. 

“So being a bobby has always been an ambition and I feel excited about being able to follow in her footsteps and make a difference.” 

Harry, from Sutton Coldfield, continues an ongoing theme of family members being part of WMP.

Mum Sarah served within response, neighbourhood and public protection teams during her career which started in Chelmsley Wood in July 1988.

Harry and mother

One for the frame

The 54 year-old, said:

“Even from a young age Harry always had an interest in the police so I think it was inevitable he would look to follow his passion. 

“I think he felt the satisfaction I got from being able to protect the public and make sure crooks were brought to justice. 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with WMP and I know Harry will take great pride in being a cop and doing all he can to help others.” 

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