Touching pictures show a five-year-old boy being given the chance to be an honorary motorbike policeman for a day after losing his father.
Videos of Harry Farrell leading officers around his local streets have gone viral online, being viewed and shared thousands of times.
The five-year-old was left heartbroken when his footballer dad Craig died suddenly aged just 39.
The striker, who won three caps for England U-16s and played for Carlisle United, York City and Whitby Town, died last May.
Harry, who dreams of being a police officer when he grows up, asked Santa Claus for an electric police motorbike for Christmas.
His dream came true when Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section surprised him at his home.
Videos and pictures show Harry, wearing a police uniform complete with hat, leading a four-man patrol around the streets of his home in Durham.
The schoolboy said: "I used my siren. I even got a badge."
The surprise was arranged by Harry's mum Emma Overton, who said: "Harry had a very tough year last year. Unfortunately his dad passed away.
"He’s been a very good boy so Santa brought him his police bike that he asked for, for Christmas.
"One of the lovely ladies who I used to work with got in touch with me, because her husband was a traffic policeman and said ‘would Harry like a visit off some real policemen?’
"It was such a nice surprise for him, he was completely shocked when all the officers turned up.
"He had such a great time leading them around our street and posing for pictures with them."
PC Phil Skevington, from Durham Constabulary’s Motorcycle Section, said: "After hearing what Harry had gone through last year, we just wanted to help bring a little bit of cheer and make him smile.
"We did a few laps of his cul-de-sac, posed for some photos, and gave him a few mementos, including his own Durham Roads and Armed Policing badge to add to his police vest.
"He had a great time – and so did we.
"It’s lovely to be able to do something nice for someone who has been through such a tough time recently, especially so young."