Rutland's High Sheriff Sue Jarron prioritises law and order
Rutland's new High Sheriff Sue Jarron is determined to use her year in office to promote the importance of a safe and stable society.
Sue, who took over the position from Craig Mitchell in April, said her primary aim was to "support and enhance the maintenance of law and order to the greatest of my ability".
"In this country it is, of course, easy to take the maintenance of law and order for granted; however, the fact that we enjoy such stability and security is no accident," she said.
"It is a result of our long and stable democratic government, the steady development of our judicial system, and the dedication of our police, armed forces and other law enforcement agencies.
"We owe all of these essential services a great debt of gratitude."
Sue is the 11th woman to hold the office since the appointment of the first High Sheriff of Rutland in 1129.
The traditional role of the High Sheriff was the collection and return of taxes, and to maintain law and order.
Today, High Sheriffs maintain a ceremonial presence at civic functions, Royal visits to the county and they have a duty to support the Queen's judges and agencies that uphold law and order.
"I love the historic side to the position and it is, of course, a great privilege," said Sue.
"But there is also another side and that is to support charities that do a lot of good work.
"This is not about me, but rather to raise the profile of these charities."
She plans to visit as many schools as possible during her year to talk to children about various issues, including the need for respecting others.
"I want to make them realise how lucky we are to live in this country," she said.
Because she feels so strongly about law and order, one of the charities she will be working closely with is Warning Zone, which aims to make young children aware of threats to their wellbeing.
Sue will also work with Rutland Friends of Cancer Research, as well as a number of smaller charities in the area.
She and husband Ed, a retired Royal Air Force pilot, have lived in Edith Weston since the late 1990s when Ed retired.Prior to that the couple moved house 17 times as Ed was regularly transferred for work reasons.
A qualified teacher, Sue worked to set up support networks for service families living on bases and worked with many different charities.