Proud moment number 1 came when we went to his Attestation. I thought it sounded rather medical(!) but he assured me that it was safe & quite ‘a do’ so I needed to be smart as various top officers would be there! We are a small family but went enmasse. It was noted that DS’s supporters needed a table of their own & grandma & granddad were clearly the eldest there, both being in mid 80’s & not too mobile! They are both very independent folk & would not have any help – everyone would just have to wait while they walked in ‘slowly’!
Well DS was not wrong! It was a ‘do’. All of us in a lecture theatre with high ranking officers positively shining with their buttons & medals. Each SC had to swear an oath (attest) in front of a magistrate then both signed the declaration. It was at this point that I suddenly realised that this was for real. It was ‘proper’ policing. I’m not sure what I thought it was previously. Maybe something along the police equivalent of Dad’s Army ? Not sure but I suddenly had this feeling in my tummy. This was real & he would be going into the public as a policeman. They wouldn’t know that he was a volunteer or that he was not allowed to carry firearms. Writing this, I can get that feeling again!
So yes, we were all very proud! That however was only the start! As a SC he had to undertake a number of assigments & have them ‘signed off’ by his sargents to show that he was learning the job. He also had to put in a certain number of hours to show that he was committed to the role. As volunteers with other lives, it can take a couple of years before SCs have everything ‘ticked’ & then they are ‘independant’. Just as it says on the tin – they can go out on their own. Well DS managed to accomplish that in less than a year! It is such an unusual event that a special celebration was arranged with the mayor, local councillors & the press. For this they had to wear ceremonial dress with tunics (see picture). SCs don’t normally get to wear such items so DS was very excited when he was fitted for his. Unfortunately, guest numbers were restricted so only his fiancee attended so this very proud mum was not able to be there.
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