A LITTLE girl who dreams of becoming a police officer teamed up with a special member of the force recently.

Eight-year-old Caitlin Smith from Stroud took down a 'baddie' with police dog Django and his handler, Tri Force Dog Constable Rich Hunt, at Gloucestershire Police's open day in September.

Arriving at the day ready in full uniform - she even brought along her own pair of handcuffs and a walkie talkie - Caitlin helped arrest a suspect after Django had done his part of the job.

Chief Constable Rod Hansen then chatted to Caitlin and her family about her ambitions.

Also popping over to say hello was PCSO Beverley Owen, who took Caitlin out on patrol in Stroud town centre along with PC Graham Smith on a busy Saturday in June.

The patrol, which ended with a tour of Stroud police station, was prompted by Caitlin sending in a letter to the force.

She came up with the idea one day while sat in her garden with mum Shelley at their Cashes Green home.

“To Stroud Police station,” wrote Caitlin, who loves watching reruns of The Bill according to Shelley.

“My dream job is to be a police lady because I love playing and I arrest my family.”

“What is your favourite thing in the police and why?

“I would love to meet you all - lots of love, Caitlin.”