Sheriff patrols Canterbury’s streets

Sheriff of Canterbury Cllr Colin Spooner and daughter Gemma

The Sheriff of Canterbury has once again gone on patrol on city streets.

Former policeman Colin Spooner joined his daughter Gemma for a shift with Kent Poluce,

Cllr Spooner said: “The day started with a health and safety briefing with Ch Insp Mark Weller before I met Gemma and PC Joe Denovan.

“I then sat in the back of a marked police car – the equipment has changed a lot since I was last in one of those – and jobs are sent to each patrol unit by Kent Police headquarters via a tablet computer which was all very different for an officer who retired some 20 years ago.

“We headed out on patrol and started to respond to the many calls from the public – I visited areas of the city that I have not been to before.”

PC Gemma Spooner with dad Colin

Canterbury has had a sheriff since King Edward IV’s charter in 1461 which gave Canterbury the status of a county separate from Kent.

The sheriff collected taxes and undertook some policing functions.

Towards the end of the shift, Cllr Spooner was treated to a “much-needed” comfort break and a cup of coffee.

He said: “My daughter has been a serving Kent Police officer for more than eight years and I am very proud she chose policing as a career.

“I would like to thank everyone for a great experience.”


Cllr Spooner is a Conservative and has represented the Seasalter ward since 2015, currently sitting as chairman of the Whitstable Area Member Panel.

He has been Sheriff of Canterbury since May last year serving as the district’s second citizen after Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Rosemary Doyle. The new holders of civic office will be voted next month.


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