Working with the community to beat crime has been the highlight for a Spalding neighbourhood sergeant who is shortly to move on.
Sgt Stuart Hurst is taking up a new role that includes the whole of South Holland but is based in Boston.
He said: “I transferred to Lincolnshire Police in 2008 because I was working in Leicestershire and living in Crowland and I wanted to police my own community.
“When I transferred I was immediately struck by the public support in Lincolnshire.
“Sometimes people forget we are part of the community, too, and we all want the same thing.
“It really isn’t a case of them and us. I know there are some out there who view us as revenue earners out to get speeders, but that is not the case.”
Although transferring to Spalding as a police constable, he was soon promoted to neighbourhood sergeant.
He moved to the town with his wife, Nikki, who he met while serving in the army, and they now have four children aged six months to nine.
Helping to launch Street Pastors to support residents on a night out in Spalding is something Sgt Hurst is particularly proud of.
Sgt Hurst said: “This is very close to my heart, especially as during my time here I qualified as a Methodist preacher for South Holland. My faith is a very important part of what drives me.
“But I have also enjoyed leading my team through the big changes brought in by the Government.
“The town continues to grow with more demands being put on officers in spite of cuts.
“But even so, crime remains reassuringly low.”
The new role is a six-month temporary detachment on “other duties”.
Sgt Hurst said: “I’m looking forward to my new challenge.
“I’ll miss my colleagues – they are a great bunch of officers and I’ve enjoyed working with them and I will again when I return.
“But my moving does not mean the town is being left undermanned.
“There are more than ten sergeants in different roles who will be helping to keep the streets safe.”