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9 August 2017


Daughter of police officer killed on duty appointed Chief Constable for the day

Maggie with DexterMaggie Henry


Bedfordshire Police appointed a new Chief Constable for the day yesterday (Tuesday) – the daughter of a police officer killed on duty.


Maggie Henry, 11, took the helm for the day to see what life is like behind the scenes at the force. Her dad, PC Jon Henry, was killed ten years ago on 11 June 2007 while on duty in Luton town centre.


During the day Maggie attended meetings with real Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, presented an officer with a commendation, and visited the force control room – even taking mock 999 calls to test her skills as a call handler and dispatcher.


In the afternoon, Maggie had a tour of the firing range before spending time with police dog Dexter.


Alongside his handler PC Mark Webster, Maggie put Dexter through his paces, testing his abilities to sniff out items before checking out his recall and biting technique.


Chief Constable Boutcher said: “There is no higher price, and nor will we ever forget, the ultimate sacrifice that Jon gave 10 years ago to protect the people of Luton.  Maggie is a remarkable girl and we will always be her extended family. 


“She met our new recruits and heard their reasons for joining the police, and they met a fabulous girl whose Dad sat where they sit now.


“Maggie, like her Dad, is a hero to me and I hope she had a wonderful day.  She certainly brightened up mine and everyone’s that she met, including Dexter the police dog. She is welcome back any time.”


Maggie said:  “I really enjoyed my day as Chief Constable. My favourite part of the day was seeing the police dog, I met police dog Dexter and we did some tricks with him.”


A video has been made showing the highlights of Maggie’s day.