West Yorkshire police officer’s pride as she takes over dad’s collar number

PC Charlotte Saville has taken on  the collar number previously held by her father, Jeremy Saville. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
PC Charlotte Saville has taken on the collar number previously held by her father, Jeremy Saville. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

A West Yorkshire police officer who followed in her father’s footsteps by joining the force has taken on his old collar number.

As PC Charlotte Saville heads out on patrol in Huddersfield, she is now able to wear with pride the number displayed by Jeremy Saville during his 30 years on the beat with the region’s largest force.

The collar number taken on by PC Charlotte Saville.

The collar number taken on by PC Charlotte Saville.

“They talk about the police family and it’s true,” said 26-year-old PC Saville. “It’s part of your life and you’re brought up with it.

“I remember when he had his radio at home and they’d call him up – 1917. I couldn’t have anyone else having that number.”

PC Saville first joined the force as a call handler at the customer contact centre in Wakefield and then went on to serve as a PCSO for four months, before being attested as a police constable herself in May 2014.

“It probably did stem from seeing my dad in the role,” she said. “It was always the plan to join the force. I went to the University of Leeds and did my degree in social policy and crime based on applying to the force in the future.”

Retired officer Jeremy Saville and his daughter, PC Charlotte Saville.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Retired officer Jeremy Saville and his daughter, PC Charlotte Saville. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

But it was only once her 54-year-old father retired after three decades as a PC – mainly serving the community in the Spen Valley – that she realised there was an opportunity to follow in his footsteps in a different way.

“A lot of people do it. They take on their parents’ numbers if they can,” PC Saville said.

“My dad has given 30 years of his life to it. People still ask about him and I think he was well respected.

“You have to wait a while after they’ve left, so I’ve only just been able to take on the number now. It’s nice to continue it.”