Boy (8) fulfils ‘bucket list’ dream of joining West Midlands Police

Boy (8) fulfils 'bucket list' dream of joining West Midlands Police

Boy (8) fulfils ‘bucket list’ dream of joining West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police helped an eight-year-old boy fulfil his ‘bucket list’ dream of being an officer for a day.

Oscar Jealous, from Kingstanding, visited Bournville police station where he got behind the wheel of a police car, played custody sergeant in the cell block, and was on cuddle duty with a litter of police pups.

Officers also presented Oscar and younger brother Charlie, who live with mum Dani and dad Alex, with their very own West Midlands Police warrant cards.

In February, Oscar was diagnosed with Batten Disease, a life-limiting degenerative condition that has already taken his sight and will leave him needing round-the-clock specialist care.

Oscar’s aunty is PC Laura Colclough, a response officer in Birmingham, and when she told West Midlands Police about her nephew’s bucket list they were only too happy to help.

She said: “Oscar and Charlie are both obsessed with the police – probably from having an aunty that catches robbers – so being a police officer was one of the first entries on his bucket list.

“Oscar has lost almost all his sight now due to the condition but there are lots of sounds in a police station to keep him entertained, not least the police car sirens and the slam of the cell door as he locked me up!

“He’s had a fantastic day and it’s heart-warming to see the smile on his face.”

PC Colclough and her wife created a Go Fund Me page with a £10,000 target to help Oscar realise his dreams and to pay for specialist care equipment.

His bucket list also includes going on the set of his favourite TV show Tipping Point and meeting Harry Kane – both of which have already been pledged.

You can follow Oscar’s story at #BeMoreOscar on Facebook.