YEARS spent policing in Spalding were the most positive and enjoyable time of his career for Lincolnshire Police assistant chief constable Roger Bannister.
That reflection was sparked after Mr Bannister chose to go out on foot patrol in Spalding in his new rank – he was appointed to his post in November – as part of a business visit to the town.
“I was struck by how friendly and broadly supportive people were towards the police, which was nice to see and hear,” he admitted.
Mr Bannister worked in Spalding between 1996 and 2000, firstly as a uniformed patrol sergeant and then as a detective sergeant. During this time he was involved in a couple of high-profile crimes. Mr Bannister, who is married with twin boys and lives near Grantham, most recently worked as head of CID at Police Headquarters.
He added: “I have always been very keen on a CID career, and looking back those days in Spalding were some of the most positive and enjoyable of my career. I just have some great memories of working with people in the Spalding area – and of working with the Spalding Guardian.”