As a child in the 1950s, Chris Helme was often asked by relatives: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ A policeman was always his answer. He was brought up to respect the local police, who seemed to know everyone. Suffering from colour blindness and short of a few O-Levels, Helme was finally accepted to serve in Leeds City police. He joined the force in Bradford a year later, and by 1975, was serving in the West Yorkshire Police in his hometown of Brighouse. He had achieved his life’s ambition, patrolling the same housing estates that he once grew up on.
All in a Day’s Work: 30 Years as Brighouse Bobby is his journey to achieving that ambition, and culminates with him being awarded the British Empire Medal for services to his community in 1990. This book takes the reader through a catalogue of sad, humorous, and almost unbelievable incidents in the life of a local policeman, who had to deal with everything on his ‘patch’.
Chris Helme served for thirty years as a police constable, working for twenty-six years in his hometown of Brighouse. In 1990, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his work within the community, and retired in 2001. For twenty-nine years, Helme has written a nostalgia column in his local newspaper, and since retiring from the police, has been commissioned to write a further five books. Since 1997, he has written and published the bi-annual West and North Yorkshire Speaker Directories, and has also become a regular public speaker.
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 160 pages
Illustrations: 56 black-and-white photographs