HE’S the police inspector for the Lower Valley – but Mohammed Nawaz rolled up his sleeves yesterday to cook up a treat for Brighouse pensioners.
The inspector and local police officers volunteered and found themselves wearing pinnies, cooking lunch and serving customers at the Brighouse Rest Centre.
While Pc Gemma Saul baked cakes, Insp Nawaz made pakoras.
Pc Saul also served tea and biscuits along with Pc Liam Hay, Pc Jason Southwell and Pc Gemma Saul served tea and biscuits to the centre’s customers and volunteer Audrey Kemp, who works at Brighouse Police Station’s Contact Point.
And they even did the washing up.
Insp Nawaz, head cook for lunch duty, said: "We’ve been asked to volunteer one hour of our time as part of the Queen’s Jubilee to help in the community.
"We usually get the chance to come here and speak to people and now we’re cooking for them.
"I made pakoras. It’s very much a team effort. I hadn’t made them for about 10 years – it seemed the easiest choice. Pc Gemma Saul baked cakes, which looked better."
Brighouse Rest Centre, off Park Row, is a meeting place with a cafe for the over 60s.
Brighouse officers often pop into the centre to speak to pensioners during their rounds – but yesterday they found themselves wearing pinnies and helping out.
Hilary Weston, one of the centre’s regular volunteer cooks, said: "It’s nice to see them here, they do come in quite often but not like this."
Brighouse PCSO Jane Saxelby-Wyatt is a regular visitor to the Rest Centre during her rounds, and yesterday she was off-duty but joined her colleagues.
Hilary added: "It’s nice for people to know who our police officers are. They all know Jane and feel like they can talk to her." because they know who she is and can trust her.