Meet the crime-fighting mum and daughter who have teamed up after 23 years

Mother and daughter, Sarah and Joanne
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More than 20 years after joining the police, Sarah Angus is about to see a very familiar face knocking around the corridors of her station.

At the age of 21, she moved from Burnley to the Midlands with dreams of fighting crime. Since 1995, the Police COnstable been part of West Midlands Police, holding a number of roles across the region.

Sarah's worked on proactive crime teams in and around the city, as well as becoming a member of the force's Project Guardian knife crime team in Smethwick. For 23 years, the constable was a response officer at Stechford and more recently, became part of the Force Support Unit before moving to Coventry CID.

Now her daughter is about to follow in her footsteps.

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When Sarah first joined the police, her daughter Joanne was only 18 months old. Naturally, the force became a big part of her young life. Growing up in that world, Joanne realised she had similar ambitions to her mum and also dreamt of joining the police.

In February 2021, that dream became a reality. Joanne said: "I knew from an early age that I wanted to be an officer when I grew up. Watching my mum really sparked that ambition within me and I’m happy to join her at West Midlands Police.

"I worked really hard on my degree and I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved so far. I’m excited to continue my career and want to take every opportunity available to me."

Recently, Joanne completed her training and is now permanently posted on the Response team at Sutton Coldfield. She's also one of only a few in her cohort to achieve a first class honours degree, with mother and daughter recently celebrating at Joanne's graduation ceremony at Tally Ho Police Training.

Sarah said: "It wasn’t always easy juggling a career in policing with having a young daughter, but it’s all worth it. I’m so proud of Joanne following in my footsteps and I’m excited to see where her career takes her."