Budding police officer, Lewis Anderson, joined the ranks of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for a day as officers paid tribute to his selfless nature.

Five-year-old Lewis, from Beswick, spent the day as a fully-fledged GMP special officer as a thank you for spending his Christmas Day handing out chocolates to members of the emergency services.

During the day, Lewis visited the Serious Collision Unit, the Mounted Branch, Dog Unit and the police air field at Barton; and at the end of the day was presented with a Certificate of Recognition and plaque by officers to say a huge GMP thank you.

Sergeant Lee Westhead from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, who orchestrated the day, said: “When I read about Lewis’ fantastic gesture over Christmas, I thought it only right that we do something nice for him and his family. He is a wonderful little boy who is a true credit to his parents.

“Not many five-year-olds would choose to spend their Christmas Day visiting the emergency services to thank them and give out chocolates therefore his efforts were worthy of a Special Recognition from all of us at GMP.

“Unfortunately when Lewis visited Gorton Police Station on Christmas Day, he didn’t get to meet officers as they were out on enquiries. We wanted to make it up to him by spending a full day in the shoes of one of our officers and we want to wish him and his family all the very best in the future.

“We think Lewis will make a fine police officer and we look forward to hopefully seeing him when he’s older.”

Lewis was joined by mum and dad on his visit. Dad Paul Anderson said: “We would like to thank Lee, Louise and everyone at GMP for an amazing day. Lewis has had a love of the police for as long as I can remember, and after the visit I’m sure that love will grow.

“His highlight of the day was certainly seeing the police motorbikes, followed closely by the horses. He’s also fallen in love with Aayla the puppy at the Dog Unit.

“He’s been going to the Etihad to talk to the police officers on match days for quite some time now and was even recognised during his visit yesterday by a member of the Mounted Horse Unit.

“Above all, Lewis got to spend time with some of his heroes – the men and woman of GMP. He is our special hero for all that he does and as parents to see him be given this opportunity is so rewarding.”


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