W.P.C. June Ackland later promoted to Sgt. was already part of the furniture at Sun Hill when she took probationary constable Jim Carver under her wing on his first day. Although it has never been revealed how long Ackland had been at Sun Hill before the arrival of PC Carver, it appears that she had been posted there for some considerable time.
In 1990, Ackland had an affair with DCI Gordon Wray. Although she said he was jumping the gun, by expecting her to sleep with him on their first date, and that she had only expected to go for dinner, he didn't have to wait much beyond the dessert trolley. When Wray's wife found out, she told DAC Hicks and Wray was hastily transferred. Ackland soon developed into a steadfast and dependable officer, who was firm in her belief that there is little difference between a male and female officer, once remarking that the 'W' prefix in 'WPC' meant nothing because they were all police constables whether male or female. She was an instinctive copper and was rewarded for being able to get on easily with people from different walks of life. She was regarded by Supt. Brownlow as a natural leader, and was told that she was 'respected by her colleagues and superiors' – however, she does underestimate herself.
In 1995, Ackland finds herself at the centre of a murder attempt on her life. Her flat is broken into, set on fire and her cat killed, while an investigation into her own actions leads to some in the police station ostracising her. In the end, she no longer knows exactly who are her friends and who are merely pretending to be. She was nearly the victim of a crazed gunman who was attempting to exact revenge – but DS Jo Morgan became the victim instead. Ackland is promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 after being a constable for many years. A party thrown in her honour by PC Dave Quinnan is ruined by her handbag being stolen by a dodgy taxi driver and she misses out on the meal in her honour. There are few at Sun Hill who do not believe her promotion is fully justified. Her time as Sergeant becomes more and more linked with Jim Carver. Carver had been a Detective Constable with C.I.D. for many years, but finds himself moved back to uniform under the rules governing tenure at the time, no-one is allowed to remain in a single position for more than ten years without having been approved for promotion. Carver takes the move personally, and as his Sergeant it is up to Ackland to remind him that he was not part of C.I.D. anymore. Uniform requires a team approach, and Carver's attempts to remain a 'lone ranger' are not acceptable. Ackland reminds him of his first day on the beat back in 1983, when she asked him if he would ever want to join the detective branch: his response, she reminds him, is that he had no interest and that uniform division was where he wanted to be.
W.P.C./Sgt. June Ackland Photos
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