PAUL Langdon loves everything about police.
With policing memorabilia decorating his bedroom walls at Fairway Rise Lifestyle Village in Lindisfarne, he often spends his days watching his large collection of police-themed TV shows, including Homicide, Matlock Police and Division 4.
On Thursday 18 February, Mr Langdon received a very special surprise when Community Policing Constable Steve Rose visited the Lifestyle Village.
The visit was organised by pastoral carer Suzanne Lee, who had known firsthand about Mr Langdon’s love for the policing lifestyle.
“Paul has known family members who are police officers and this sparked his interest over a long period of time,” Ms Lee said.
“I also have relatives who are police officers, so I was able to form a connection with Paul instantly and talk with him on what little I knew of the profession.
“At Fairway Rise, we like to cater for individual residents and their interests so, in conversation, I asked Paul if he would be interested in having a police car visit and he was instantly excited.”
During the visit, Mr Langdon was taken on a cruise around the facility and was given the chance to try on a safety vest and cap, as well as turn the sirens on and off.
He was later presented with a bag of police memorabilia, including a drink bottle, pen, badge and cap.
Mr Langdon said he was “thrilled” by the experience and could not wait to tell the other residents about it.
“The most exciting part of the visit was the ride around the complex with the flashing lights on,” he said.
Ms Lee said it was events such as this that helped Fairway Rise staff form a connection with each individual resident.
“This, in turn, enhances their lives and gives us great pleasure in being able to assist residents in pursuing their individual interests,” she said.
“This makes the resident feel special, builds relationships with staff and helps Fairway Rise feel like their own home.
“We love our residents and it is a privilege to work in “their” home – it was a very happy visit for all concerned.”