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North Devon police inspector Roger Bartlett retires after 30 years

PUBLISHED: 13:20 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:20 20 April 2017

North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett has retired after 30 years. Picture: Tony Gussin

North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett has retired after 30 years. Picture: Tony Gussin

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Well known local police Inspector Roger Bartlett will be sorely missed by his colleagues after a long policing career

Inspector Roger Bartlett with Superintendent Toby Davies. Picture: Tony Gussin Inspector Roger Bartlett with Superintendent Toby Davies. Picture: Tony Gussin

A familiar face in North Devon law enforcement has been on the final patrol of a 30 year policing career.

North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett retires tomorrow (Friday) after three decades with Devon and Cornwall Police, with 18 of those years in North Devon.

This morning (Thursday) he was joined to walk a final beat in Ilfracombe by Superintendent Toby Davies.

For the past four years Roger, 51, has been the police commander for the northern Devon sector, broadly covering Braunton, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, South Molton and Lynton.

He said: “Thirty years has given me a great sense of purpose and fulfilment – I feel I have done my best but the job has given me a lot more.

“It’s a real privilege to serve local communities and work with such a fantastic team.”

Supt Davies added: “Roger is the embodiment of a professional and caring police officer who has dedicated his time to the service of others and will be sorely missed by his colleagues and the communities he serves.

“He is an exceptional leader who has been highly effective and dedicated to serving the communities of North Devon, both as an Inspector but also through his voluntary work. His energy and compassion is well known and an inspiration to others.

“Over the last few years he has over seen significant crime reductions in his area and ensured this is one of the safest areas to live in the country.

“Both inside and outside of the police he has been instrumental in building lasting community partnerships within his own sector and wider faith communities.”

Roger began his policing career just over 31 years ago at St Austell in Cornwall, before spending 12 years at Exeter and then at the Middlemoor headquarters.

He took a career break in the 1990s to go travelling, moving to North Devon in 2000.

His wife Rebecca’s father was a police officer and she was brought up in this area.

Roger said: “It has been both a pleasure and a real privilege to serve the wonderful local communities of North Devon and I am so pleased to be able to leave knowing that it remains one of the safest places to live in the UK.

“Having worked with the local policing team over the past four years, I have seen their dedication and professionalism at work every day and I leave in the sure knowledge of their ongoing commitment to keep delivering the best possible service that they can.”

The new sector inspector for North Devon will be Paul Searle, who takes on the role in June. In the meantime, Acting Inspector Andy Peel will be holding the fort.

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