PC Rebecca Gray is among the newest recruits to the force.

She is learning on the job through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) Scheme and attends De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) once a week.

However, Rebecca, who used to be a restaurant supervisor at Ragdale Hall, is no stranger to policing. Her dad is Detective Inspector John Gray who has been with the force for 29 years.

Rebecca said: “I’m extremely proud of my dad. He’s always talked about how much he loves his job and that passion got me thinking. I know the hard work that’s involved but it’s such an interesting career path and there are so many different roles to consider, whether that’s dog handling or the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). I’m excited for the future.”

Rebecca had another reason to smile at her swearing in ceremony, where she pledged an oath of allegiance to the Queen – she was given the unforgettable collar number of 999.

She added: “I’ll certainly never forget that number!”

Speaking about his daughter’s recruitment to the force, DI Gray, who will retire in April 2020, said: “It was a very proud dad moment to see my daughter follow in my footsteps. I’ve been around long enough to have worked with the previous holder of the 999 collar number some 26 years ago at Charles Street Police Station. Policing really is a great career and I hope she enjoys it as much as I have.”