An inspirational grandma and frontline West Midlands Police officer has been hailed a public service star in the Birmingham Mail’s annual awards − fittingly on the eve of National Grandparent’s Day.
PC Liz Mumford , who is grandmother to six and one of Britain’s oldest street cops, picked up the Public Service Award at the paper’s gala dinner on Friday (29 Sept) after the audience heard she’s “a credit to West Midlands Police".
She has been battered and bruised in the course of work but says she would rather quit policing than give up her response car role in Handsworth that sees her darting across Birmingham to reach people in emergencies.
But PC Mumford , who has a daily 120-mile commute from her home in Gloucester, wasn’t hanging around to soak up the plaudits − as she didn’t want to be late for her late night patrol shift!
“Sorry," she told those who attended the awards. “But I’m on duty tonight, and I wouldn’t miss that for anything!
“I’ve got 20 years in," she said of her time with West Midlands Police. “Initially, I thought I’d be too old to join the police. I thought I’d be rejected because of my age, but I wasn’t − and I love it.
“I love the street. I come from the street and I work the street, and I wouldn’t do anything else. The physicality of it doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t want a desk job.
“If you treat people with respect, they will give you respect back. Some don’t − but that’s the way the job goes."
Liz has no plans to retire and will continue to be a 24/7 bobby protecting the West Midlands for a long time.
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