Penny Lancaster wants to see more female police officers out on the street to help women feel safe.
Penny, 51, made her first arrest last week since becoming a special constable with City Of London Police two years ago, urged others to volunteer for duty so they can also make a difference.
Penny, who is married to rock-star Rod Stewart, previously worked as a model and photographer before earning her badge as a Police Officer in April 2020.
The Loose Women stare. opted for a career change and has worked towards becoming a police officer after starring on Channel 4’s reality show Famous and Fighting Crime.
She said getting more women on patrol was key to making others feel protected.
“I’m really hoping for women to come forward and volunteer because we need that variation in the force to represent the public and to make women in particular feel safe,” she told the Daily Star.
Police forces across the UK introduced safer streets campaigns to help women feel better protected following the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard by serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 49.
Penny continued: “I feel so humbled that taking on this position myself has encouraged other women who maybe thought it wasn’t possible to give them that step up.
“I thought, ‘Is it possible? Could I really? Yeah, why not?’ The path is actually an easy route to take if you’ve got that time to give.
“It really is worthwhile. It’s so important.”
Penny added: “Everyone, I imagine, who is in the fortunate position that we are in wants to give back. We do our bit with charity.
“But there’s nothing like making a difference every single day. And as a special constable out on foot patrol you come into contact with the public every day when you’re on duty and you really do make a difference. I love it.”
Both Rod and Penny have spoken out multiple times about how worried the Maggie May singer gets as his wife is on duty.
Speaking on Loose Women, Penny revealed a terrifying story in November 2018: “I was sitting in the briefs, with stab vests on in the van, and literally responding to whatever call came through, so you never knew what was round the corner.
“I didn’t have mace spray or a baton, so I had nothing to protect myself other than the call out, where I could call for backup.”
Penny described a moment where she was threatened by a drug addict.
She said: “There was a lady who I was chasing, a possible theft from a shop.
“After I chased after her, when she finally slowed down I realized she was a drug addict, literally frothing at the mouth. Dark circles, shaking.
“As I approached her she threatened me with her needle.
“We had got a warning that she’d been called previously and threatened the shopkeeper with her needle.
“So at that point I was terrified, yes, I was terrified.
“You find out whether you’re a fighter, you freeze or flight.
“No one can be accused of being one or the other. I am a fighter, officers needed to (hold me back) and said ‘Not yet Penny’”.
She said that Rod was also shaken by his wife’s early experience fighting crime.
Penny said: “My husband was terrified with the stories I was coming out with.
“I was coming home at four in the morning.”
Last year, Rod opened up about this when on Magic Radio: “I don’t sleep, I don’t sleep when she’s out on the beat. Until I know, she’s safe in the car.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.