14-year-old Kai Golden becomes a police officer for a day at Bury St Edmunds Police Station
A 14-year-old boy from Bury St Edmunds had one of his dreams come true last week after becoming a police officer for the day.
Kai Golden, who is wheelchair-bound, visited Bury St Edmunds Police Station to try his hand at being a member of the force.
Accompanied by Michael O’Rourke, a support worker at Achieving Aspirations – an organisation in the town which provides respite care for children with disabilities – Kai was introduced to the staff and officers at the station before being taken out for a spin in the police response cars and vans.
Dressed for the occasion in a high visibility police jacket and cap, the teen also had the opportunity to assist officers in arresting an ‘offender’ using handcuffs as well as take Mr O’Rourke’s fingerprints.
For the entire visit, his wheelchair was also plastered with police ID material.
PC Andre de Jongh, the Bury St Edmunds community engagement officer who facilitated the visit, said: “Meeting Kai was an inspiration for us all. Never a minute went by without that big warm smile on his face.
“When I saw him on his wheelchair all done up with police markings, I knew he was serious!”