93-year-old Jose Bird’s health was failing and she told family and friends she was sad to have never checked off one thing in particular on her bucket list: to be arrested just once, for something.
Her granddaughter, Pam Smith, says her Gran has a heart of gold and has been ‘good all her life’. She wanted to somehow fulfill one of her dying wishes, so she approached the Greater Manchester Police with a strange request.
In an interview with The Guardian, Chief Inspector Denise Pye of the force’s City of Manchester division said:
“The focus of our PCSOs is heavily driven by our community and how we can support them. On this occasion, and for a short period of time – we were able to fulfil the wishes of an elderly lady, and give her a day to remember.
We can reassure the rest of the community that while this was happening, officers from across the area were continuing with their duties to ensure this short visit had no impact whatsoever on the wider area. We want the community to feel reassured in our presence and comfortable in approaching any of our officers when they see us out and about.” [source]