Family affair for constables

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Pounding the beat as a special officer with West Yorkshire Police is a real family affair for a father and son team.

Newly-qualified SC Adam Spedding, from Castleford, spent his first shift being shown the ropes by his dad SC Mark Spedding at Carr Gate in Wakefield.

The 20-year-old will be based in Normanton but wanted to have an opportunity to team up with his dad at least once.

Mark, 49, has been a special constable for 29 years and is a senior section officer at Carr Gate and the only special police support unit commander in the country. Adam’s stepmum Sharon is also a special section officer in Wakefield.

Adam, who works at the DHL distribution depot near Selby, said: “I’ve wanted to be a police officer for as long as I can remember, so to go out with my dad on my first shift as a special has been a privilege.

“I want to get a few years experience under my belt before I apply to become a regular officer.

“My ambition is to work for protective services. Being a special is by far the best way to prepare for that.”

Mark, a regional group security investigator for Travis Perkins, said: “It really is a family affair now in our house.

“Adam’s been passionate about joining the police since he was younger, so I’m extremely proud to have been able to give him a few tips on his first shift.

“It’ll be a really rewarding experience for him, and hopefully a great career.”