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Training in Droitwich was “like being sent to military school” but he came out a qualified police constable, complete with whistle and wooden truncheon.
“It becomes a way of life very quickly because everything you do in private reflects on you professionally,” said Mr Reynolds, who was promoted to Redditch CID in the mid 70s.
Mr Reynolds recalled miserable foot patrols in the rain, sheltering in a panda car when the sergeant thought you were walking the streets,
and some of the more notorious criminals he came across.
In 1991 he worked on the Anthony Roberts case.
Roberts attacked young women who walked through the Clent underpass, near Stourbridge.
One victim was nearly killed when he plunged a knife into her breast.
“After we caught him, I had the job of interviewing him,” said Mr Reynolds.
“I’ve never forgotten what he said to me.
“I’d set the scene and I asked what he had been doing, what he’d planned to do to this woman. He sat there for nearly two minutes looking right at me.
Roberts was sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder and Mr Reynolds was awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for his part in the investigation.
“I was also involved in a couple of very serious public order incidents.
“The level of violence was beyond anything I’d ever experienced. I can remember a football related incident when I was an inspector in Kidderminster.
“There was a 52 strong group from Birmingham and they’d been in a pub in the town centre. Something had happened and it spilled outside into the car park.
“By the time we arrived there was a baying crowd of more than 100 people.
Over the years,
Mr Reynolds has been involved in the miners’ strikes of the 1980s, mass protests during the 1998 G8 summit in Birmingham, rallies at Throckmorton Airfield during the 2001 foot andmouth crisis and the recent flooding rescues.
“What I can never show is weakness,” said Mr Reynolds. “If you’re in a leadership position you must show courage because everyone is looking to you for strength.”
While very aware of those responsibilities and duties as a police officer, Mr Reynolds is also the father of twin teenage girls and a huge Worcester Warriors rugby fan. Life without policing goes on.