Britain’s longest serving police officer, 74, celebrates 52 years
Britain’s longest serving police officer, 74, celebrates 52 years on the beat and helping thousands of people – but only arresting five
- Special Constable Richard Warren has become Britain’s longest serving officer
- He has been with the police for 52 years and still has no plans to retire
- The grandfather-of-seven serves in Wiltshire but began his career in Somerset
A special constable from Wiltshire has been revealed as Britain’s longest serving police officer after spending 52 years on the beat – and has no plans to retire.
Grandfather-of-seven Richard Warren has helped patrol roads, transport violent offenders and investigate disturbances during his lengthy career.
However, he has only made five arrests.
His record overtakes the second longest serving officer, PC Robert Brown from Croydon, who was with the MET police for 47 years before retiring in 2015.
A special constable from Wiltshire has been named as Britain’s longest serving police officer after 52 years spent on the beat – and Richard Warren still has no plans to retire
Mr Warren pictured in 2001 at a friendship meeting with the International Police Association. As well as helping to patrol roads and transport violent offenders, he also made five arrests during his career
The 74-year-old, who works full time as a computer engineer, signed up to the part-time voluntary position in 1967, and worked Friday and Saturday nights in Wincanton, Somerset.
In 1980 he joined the Wiltshire force before and, much later, reduced his hours to Friday nights only from 5pm to 1 or 2am.
During his lengthy career Mr Warren has picked up several awards including an MBE for services to policing and three medals for being with the police on the Queen’s 25th, 50th and 60th anniversaries on the throne.
The father-of-three, who lives in Hullavington with his wife Lynette, 70, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said his main role has been to do ‘rural patrols and foot patrols in Malmesbury and places like that’.
‘My role is generally helping the police with whatever they want me to do,’ he said.
‘I can arrest people but I don’t go out of the way to do that.’
The Special Constable pictured in 2005 giving a talk at a village school. Mr Warren volunteered part-time for Wiltshire police on Friday and Saturday nights after joining in 1980
The special constable takes a ride on a miniature steam engine at Kemble Steam day
The 74-year-old pictured lying on the street with a teddy bear. He has received several awards during his career including an MBE for services to policing
Despite being trained to use a baton, pepper spray and to wear a body camera, he said he had ‘never used’ the truncheon, only needing to draw it occasionally to ‘impose’ authority.
Explaining one of these moments, he said: ‘There was a group of people in a pub one evening they were coming out after drinking a lot so it was best that they knew we were there.
‘I held it over my shoulder – when you draw a baton you don’t hold it any other way than over your shoulder.’
The five-time medal winner also volunteers as a litter picker and was asked to carry the 2012 Olympic torch between Trowbridge and Bradford-upon-Avon.
He keeps fit by running long distances and has completed four of the last five London Marathons – his personal best time being six and a half hours.
Mr Warren pictured with one of the red Arrows. He works full time as a computer engineer
It comes after PC Robert Brown, from Croydon, was named as Britain’s longest serving police officer after he retired in 2015 at the end of a 47-year career with the Met
Despite his police work the esteemed community man has continued working with computers, and still fixes hardware for clients.
He said: ‘A lot of my work in the police force doesn’t get into the news because it’s usually people who have concerns for welfare and missing persons.
‘I’ll help out if any children are involved – for example the mum of an 11-year-old boy was arrested and taken into custody.
‘I went to the garage and bought him some food and then stayed with him for a couple of hours and then he was taken off to a family member.
‘I just kept him calm and informed about what was going on.’
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