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Trip down memory lane for retired officer

A retired police sergeant has been given a trip down memory lane after he revisited his old stomping ground.

Colin Barker and his wife Carole, were joined by the dog unit and traffic officers to relive special memories of his years in the force.

Colin Barker and wife Carole during their visit
Retired police sergeant Colin Barker was joined on his visit by wife Carole

Colin started his policing career aged 20 at Kingstanding police station, going on to a work with police horses, before turning his hand to the dog unit as a handler for eight years.

Over the next 20 years, Colin worked in various roles in the force. He asked to work his final years on Response − attending emergencies around the region - a role he loved.
He retired in 1996 after 30 years on the beat.

Colin in uniform
Colin during his 30-year policing career

Inheriting her father’s passion for policing, his daughter, Amanda Barker, joined the force two years later.

The PC, in awe of her dad, asked to take on his collar number in order to keep it in the family.

Now aged 74, his policing career is just a distant memory for Colin.

So, as a gift, Amanda got in touch with Birmingham partnerships officer, Georgina Johnstone, to see if they could arrange the nostalgic trip for her dad.

The city’s partnerships and engagement team quickly got to work organising a fun filled day.

The group went out on a police van for a tour around Kingstanding; bringing back memories for Colin of delivering a baby outside the police station many moons ago. They also visited the Steelhouse Lane lock-up.

Colin also took a tour round the Steelhouse Lane lock-up
Colin also took a tour round the Steelhouse Lane lock-up

Amanda, who now works for the force’s Public Protection Unit, sent in her thanks to Georgina and the team for re-visiting locations that once meant so much to him.

She said: “My dad was overwhelmed that you did all that for him, and that people went out of their way to come and see him.

“For my mom to experience this too was amazing. We are both so touched."

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