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People look up to Britain's shortest cop

Swindon Advertiser: 4ft 10in Sue Day with 6ft 4in colleague Damien Galley 4ft 10in Sue Day with 6ft 4in colleague Damien Galley

STANDING at just 4ft 10in, PC Sue Day of Swindon Police thinks her height is a major asset when dealing with distressed children.

The 37-year-old, who is part of Swindon’s response team, has been named Britain’s smallest police officer.

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day
PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect

PC Sue Day

Stationed at Gablecross Police Station, the officer is so small her colleagues nicknamed her laptop, as she’s a mini PC.

“My height has helped when dealing with children,” PC Day told the Adver.

“It has been a definite factor that they’ve come across to me better and responded to me. I’m sure it was because I was small and they didn’t see me as a threat.

“Also I’ve patrolled the town centre on a Friday and Saturday night. Some may have had a few too many to drink and got a bit rowdy and again I’ve walked into the middle, pulled people to the side, stopped and talked to them and defused it that way.”

PC Day said she has never found a problem with her height.

“At the moment it’s an assist,” she said. “I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect.

“A lot of people think I’m quite gutsy, getting out there and doing the job I’m doing. I don’t even consider my height to be honest. I’m equal to all my other colleagues.

“I do believe my height stops people in their tracks. I’ve come across people who are known to the police, but again they’ve stopped and they may have a little joke but that’s fine as that just calms the situation.”

PC Day formerly had a career in property management but had always been interested in becoming a police officer.

She said: “I was aware in the early days there were height restrictions, so never really thought about it.

“But when I became single and there was just me it all just fitted in. Wiltshire Police started recruiting and I applied.”

Most police forces in Britain required female recruits to be at least 5ft 4ins until the last decade, but the 1999 MacPherson report ruled the height restriction was seen to discriminate.

PC Day joined the police in September 2008. She did her initial training at Devizes HQ and joined team response in May 2009.

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11:05pm Sun 17 Jan 10

PK says...

I tried to join the Police many years ago when I was 19. I got turned down because I was only 5'1" - the required height at that time was 5'4".

Never forget the recruiting sergeant telling me to go on a stretching rack!

Now that the height restrictions are no more, I'm too old.

Looks like it wasn't meant to be. Perhaps not a bad thing as the police are hamstrung by political correctness and too much paperwork now.
I tried to join the Police many years ago when I was 19. I got turned down because I was only 5'1" - the required height at that time was 5'4". Never forget the recruiting sergeant telling me to go on a stretching rack! Now that the height restrictions are no more, I'm too old. Looks like it wasn't meant to be. Perhaps not a bad thing as the police are hamstrung by political correctness and too much paperwork now. PK
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12:45am Mon 18 Jan 10

itsamess says...

Oh--leave her alone--she is only lickle
Oh--leave her alone--she is only lickle itsamess
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2:11am Mon 18 Jan 10

Janais is back says...

This is a joke isn't it ?
This is a joke isn't it ? Janais is back
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6:48am Mon 18 Jan 10

mrsdoubtfire says...

Obviously "size" doesn't matter to her "male" colleagues!!!!!
Obviously "size" doesn't matter to her "male" colleagues!!!!! mrsdoubtfire
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7:15am Mon 18 Jan 10

The Witch says...

How pathetic is all the comments about the height of PC Day. It's how she conducts herself that will be the main thing. If she manages to convey the authority that her position warrants, her height will be incidental. I've met short people in my time who have much more presence and verve than their taller colleagues.
Good luck PC Day, don't take any stick from the loftys of this world!!!
How pathetic is all the comments about the height of PC Day. It's how she conducts herself that will be the main thing. If she manages to convey the authority that her position warrants, her height will be incidental. I've met short people in my time who have much more presence and verve than their taller colleagues. Good luck PC Day, don't take any stick from the loftys of this world!!! The Witch
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7:54am Mon 18 Jan 10

Captain Sensible says...

There was a reason wht over many years police men and women had to be over a certain height, that was not only so that they commanded respect but that they would be able to tackle most offenders. What an earth use will thsi woman be when confronted by a knife wielding thug or a gang of football hooligans?
There was a reason wht over many years police men and women had to be over a certain height, that was not only so that they commanded respect but that they would be able to tackle most offenders. What an earth use will thsi woman be when confronted by a knife wielding thug or a gang of football hooligans? Captain Sensible
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8:54am Mon 18 Jan 10

justanopinion says...

Firstly may I just say that I have never posted on this site before but I was so incensed by some ignorant peoples opinions that I just had to register.

Working within the criminal justice system (and I have in my role had dealings with PC Day) I have never thought that the size of a police officer (sideways or length ways!) has made a difference.

In many volatile situtions the attendance of someone who can use their mouth and calmness to diffuse a situation is much more helpful than a tanked up officer throwing themselves about. In situations that do require such individuals the police force have plenty of officers who can do that and they will ensure that they are present. But in many circumstances such force is not necessary and officers like PC Day are a credit to Wiltshire Police.

People who post some of the comments like the above are just ignorant if they think the police just deal with knife wielding criminals!!!

Well done PC Day!! You do a brilliant job, which I have seen with my own eyes.
Firstly may I just say that I have never posted on this site before but I was so incensed by some ignorant peoples opinions that I just had to register. Working within the criminal justice system (and I have in my role had dealings with PC Day) I have never thought that the size of a police officer (sideways or length ways!) has made a difference. In many volatile situtions the attendance of someone who can use their mouth and calmness to diffuse a situation is much more helpful than a tanked up officer throwing themselves about. In situations that do require such individuals the police force have plenty of officers who can do that and they will ensure that they are present. But in many circumstances such force is not necessary and officers like PC Day are a credit to Wiltshire Police. People who post some of the comments like the above are just ignorant if they think the police just deal with knife wielding criminals!!! Well done PC Day!! You do a brilliant job, which I have seen with my own eyes. justanopinion
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9:06am Mon 18 Jan 10

Billy Jo says...

The Witch wrote:
How pathetic is all the comments about the height of PC Day. It's how she conducts herself that will be the main thing. If she manages to convey the authority that her position warrants, her height will be incidental. I've met short people in my time who have much more presence and verve than their taller colleagues. Good luck PC Day, don't take any stick from the loftys of this world!!!
You are correct in that it is the way she conducts her that is the main thing.
The stereotypical image of this young lady sorting out two over six foot drunks is usually the case. Most big fellas would laugh,share a joke, and then go on their merry way.
My concern is how she is going to deal with a group of drunken females who will in no way express any chivalry or give any quarter to this pocket PC.
[quote][p][bold]The Witch[/bold] wrote: How pathetic is all the comments about the height of PC Day. It's how she conducts herself that will be the main thing. If she manages to convey the authority that her position warrants, her height will be incidental. I've met short people in my time who have much more presence and verve than their taller colleagues. Good luck PC Day, don't take any stick from the loftys of this world!!![/p][/quote]You are correct in that it is the way she conducts her that is the main thing. The stereotypical image of this young lady sorting out two over six foot drunks is usually the case. Most big fellas would laugh,share a joke, and then go on their merry way. My concern is how she is going to deal with a group of drunken females who will in no way express any chivalry or give any quarter to this pocket PC. Billy Jo
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9:25am Mon 18 Jan 10

Janais is back says...

Standards have dropped and people are actually defending the drop in those standards - This woman is obviously a very nice little thing however I suspect her role will be that which could quite easily be carried out by a civilian employee whilst the standards of Police Officers we can look up to have reduced to an unacceptable level.

Didn't it once used to be called a Police Force?
Standards have dropped and people are actually defending the drop in those standards - This woman is obviously a very nice little thing however I suspect her role will be that which could quite easily be carried out by a civilian employee whilst the standards of Police Officers we can look up to have reduced to an unacceptable level. Didn't it once used to be called a Police Force? Janais is back
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9:39am Mon 18 Jan 10

Captain Sensible says...

She's a police officer you can look down on! Not up to!
She's a police officer you can look down on! Not up to! Captain Sensible
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9:40am Mon 18 Jan 10

cherryblossom says...

PC Sue Day said:

"I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect"

Just thought I would mention this, incase you missed it!!!!
PC Sue Day said: "I’ve gone to jobs and because of my height people have stepped back and they’ve given me respect" Just thought I would mention this, incase you missed it!!!! cherryblossom
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12:42pm Mon 18 Jan 10

Veggie says...

justanopinion wrote:
Firstly may I just say that I have never posted on this site before but I was so incensed by some ignorant peoples opinions that I just had to register. Working within the criminal justice system (and I have in my role had dealings with PC Day) I have never thought that the size of a police officer (sideways or length ways!) has made a difference. In many volatile situtions the attendance of someone who can use their mouth and calmness to diffuse a situation is much more helpful than a tanked up officer throwing themselves about. In situations that do require such individuals the police force have plenty of officers who can do that and they will ensure that they are present. But in many circumstances such force is not necessary and officers like PC Day are a credit to Wiltshire Police. People who post some of the comments like the above are just ignorant if they think the police just deal with knife wielding criminals!!! Well done PC Day!! You do a brilliant job, which I have seen with my own eyes.
100% agree! It's all about tactics anyway not bulk when trying to overpower someone physically! I bet also as she is seen as less of a threat that she manages to calm a situation easier. I'm small but i can still overpower someone a lot bigger than me! Can't beleive the comments of some people - how bloody rude!
[quote][p][bold]justanopinion[/bold] wrote: Firstly may I just say that I have never posted on this site before but I was so incensed by some ignorant peoples opinions that I just had to register. Working within the criminal justice system (and I have in my role had dealings with PC Day) I have never thought that the size of a police officer (sideways or length ways!) has made a difference. In many volatile situtions the attendance of someone who can use their mouth and calmness to diffuse a situation is much more helpful than a tanked up officer throwing themselves about. In situations that do require such individuals the police force have plenty of officers who can do that and they will ensure that they are present. But in many circumstances such force is not necessary and officers like PC Day are a credit to Wiltshire Police. People who post some of the comments like the above are just ignorant if they think the police just deal with knife wielding criminals!!! Well done PC Day!! You do a brilliant job, which I have seen with my own eyes.[/p][/quote]100% agree! It's all about tactics anyway not bulk when trying to overpower someone physically! I bet also as she is seen as less of a threat that she manages to calm a situation easier. I'm small but i can still overpower someone a lot bigger than me! Can't beleive the comments of some people - how bloody rude! Veggie
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12:52pm Mon 18 Jan 10

reality_check says...

At least we can all sleep soundly knowing that our local police are well equipped to deal with distressed children.
At least we can all sleep soundly knowing that our local police are well equipped to deal with distressed children. reality_check
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1:10pm Mon 18 Jan 10

Support_British_Manufacturing says...

I actually don't think this is news. I however think some of the comments above are not justified. PC Day is doing a job I would not fancy doing, so good luck to her!
I actually don't think this is news. I however think some of the comments above are not justified. PC Day is doing a job I would not fancy doing, so good luck to her! Support_British_Manufacturing
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