SUFFOLK Police’s longest serving member of staff is set to retire after almost 51 years of service.
Norman Robertson, 66, joined the force in 1961, when he was 15, and has worked as a vehicle technician ever since.
Mr Robertson said: “It feels strange to be retiring. A part of me is still very happy working but I feel it’s time to step down and let someone else have a go. I think it will be a chance to slow down and do some of the things I want to do.”
Norman joined Suffolk Police after writing ‘motor mechanic’ on a form given to him by his school to outline his career aspirations. He was soon invited to speak to the chief constable who shook his hand and welcomed him to the force.
When Norman joined there were 12 cars and 13 motorbikes for him to maintain. Toda,y Bury St Edmunds Police Station services and maintains around 130 police cars and vans covering the west of the county.
Chief Constable Simon Ash said: “I would like to thank Norman for tremendous loyal and dedicated service over more than half a century. He has seen many changes over this period and embodies all that is good about the constabulary. I wish him and his family all the best for a long and happy retirement.”