Police officer raises funds with her debut novel

Published on: 07 Feb 2013

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A serving police officer is celebrating the debut of her first novel – sales of which will also raise money in memory of a Keynsham colleague. 

Sandy Osborne, a detective constable with Avon and Somerset Police, launched Girl Cop at Waterstone’s in Bath last month, attracting a crowd of 180 people to hear her talk on the novel and get their copies signed.

The story is a rom-com set in Bath loosely based on Sandy’s experiences as a young constable. In it, Sandy has given the heroine’s love interest the collar number of late colleague Andrew Cuff, who worked in Keynsham from 2006 before losing his battle with cancer in 2011.

Sandy said: “I will be donating a percentage of the sales of Girl Cop to the Police Dependants Trust and St Peter’s Hospice. The contact with the hospice came about after I was trying to get permission for the use of police collar numbers – I contacted the mum of one of our young sergeants, who lost his battle against cancer in 2011. She was delighted that I wanted to use his collar number for my heroine’s boyfriend.”

Sandy started writing Girl Cop in 2007 and fits in her writing around being full-time mum and her career in the force, where she recently received her 21-year Long Service and Good Conduct Award.

She said: “It has taken me five years to make my dream of being published a reality. I am so proud to finally see my novel on the shelves and be able to support my favourite charities from the proceeds.”

Sandy has begun writing a sequel and plans to create a Girl Cop trilogy. She is hosting a luncheon at The Priory Hotel, Bath, on February 28 where she will talk about her novel. Tickets cost £35 for lunch and the talk. Call 01225 478388.

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