Recently we welcomed Sgt Stuart Brotherton into our studios for a lengthy and amusing discussion.
Stuart has recently taken the decision to hang up his helmet and retire from the police service which he has served for the majority of his life.
We had a chance to discuss Stuart’s career in the police force, both locally with Lincolnshire Police as well as his original position with Leicestershire Police.
Stuart signed up with Leicestershire Police, aged 22, in June 1983. During his time he served in Leicester, Oakham and Melton. In 1984, he was drafted onto Melton Mowbray to support riot officers engaged on miners’ strike.
Among the awards Sgt Brotherton received was the Chief Constable’s Commendation for bravery for arresting a persistent and violent pedal cycle thief. He was promoted to sergeant in 1989.
As a result of a secondment in 2001, Stuart moved back to his hometown, Spalding, and transferred to Lincolnshire Police.
Originally a shift sergeant, he was promoted firstly to custody sergeant and then to neighbourhood sergeant.
During nine of the past ten Spalding Flower Parades Stuart has been actively involved in the street policing of the event; at the time of his retirement his responsibility is to the PCSOs who are the visible sight of policing on many local streets.
We would like to wish Stuart the best for his retirement and thank him for the valuable services he has provided for the local police force.
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