She may be the Mary Berry of Spalding police station, but South Holland’s new temporary inspector has the police force sandwiched right through the middle of her Victoria sponge.
Sgt Jo Reeve is about to step into the ‘big’ size 9s of Insp Jim Tyner, who is off to the coast for the summer to be temporary chief inspector for East Lindsey.
I’m aware of how well people have thought of Insp Tyner, so I am quite nervousSgt Jo Reeve
Whereas Insp Tyner was well-known for his love of cakes, Sgt Jo has already become a popular member of the team because she makes them.
But don’t be fooled by her bright smile – at just 30 years old she has already clocked up an impressive career and beaten her father to the top job.
She said: “My father, Kenny Reeve, is now retired but he was an inspector in the Metropolitan Police. I always said I would beat him and now I have. I have an uncle, David, who was also an inspector.”
A local girl, Sgt Jo went off to Sheffield University to study modern languages with interpretting and on finishing joined the police force as a PCSO.
She then became a PC for the Cambridgeshire force, coming back to Spalding in August last year.
Her experience has included being a response officer in Peterborough city centre and a section police inspector’s deputy.
Having been successful in the force’s promotion board selection, her temporary role in South Holland will give her the experience she needs ahead of a full-time position.
She said: “I’m aware of how well people have thought of Insp Tyner, so I am quite nervous, although I know the area well and the issues are very similar to other places where I have worked.
“I’ll be dealing with issues as they arise and keeping up the good work.”