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Cop a load of this: Identical twins join the force

On the same wavelength: Identical twins Jack (left) and Tom Herbert

CRIMINALS could soon be seeing double as identical twins join the police.

Jack Herbert has signed up with the Dyfed-Powys force while brother Tom joins their father Jason in South Wales Police.

The 19-year-olds have wanted to be bobbies since childhood, having been brought up on tales from the frontline from their chief inspector dad.

Jack said: ‘Tom and I have always been close and we have both wanted to join the police for some time.

‘Dad has always been vocal about how much he enjoyed his policing career. I’m not sure how much was story and how much was truth, but I’m sure I will find out.

‘He has always had a group of close friends in the police, and we always watched documentaries on the TV when we were younger.

‘I can see that policing has its good and bad points, but overall the camaraderie and sense of belonging were obviously strong. I can see that already in the short time I have been in.’

For Tom, seeing the enjoyment his dad got from his job inspired him to apply.

‘I’ve wanted to join the police ever since I can remember,’ he said.

‘I can only ever remember dad being a police officer. He always came home happy from work, and it’s clear to see he has fun even though he works long hours.’

Although the twins have the long road of initial training to complete before they go on the beat, both are looking forward to helping their communities.

But they do not underestimate the challenges of joining the police while in their teens.

‘I’m looking forward to getting out and making my first arrest — I can’t wait to go out on shift and start policing,’ Jack said.

Family affair: Jack (left) and Tom with their father, chief inspector Jason Herbert PICTURES: PA

‘It’s going to be hard because I am the youngest in my class. I am sure I will fit in, but having watched some of the documentaries, the public may not take too kindly to my age.’

For Tom, the pressure comes not only from being one of the youngest in his cohort of recruits, but the legacy of his dad’s position in the same force.

‘I am young and Dad is a chief inspector in my force — that brings some pressure,’ he said.

Wherever their careers take them, the brothers know they will always be able to turn to their dad, and each other, for support and advice.

Jason, who has spent 16 years with South Wales Police, was surprised when his sons decided to join.

‘I always thought they would go to university to study business first, but as they went through their A-levels they turned to wanting to be officers,’ he said.

‘I was surprised, but hugely proud.

‘I still love policing as much as the day I joined and can’t wait to share their stories when they go out on the frontline.’