Signing off in style

Thursday, 03 July, 2008

Long serving cop John McPartlan signed off in style after returning to his policing roots.

John, who retired this week after 30 years with North Yorkshire Police, requested in his leaving interview with Deputy Chief Constable Adam Briggs that he spend his last day of service (Wed July 2 2008) on the beat at Harrogate.

And within minutes of the two officers taking to the streets they were in action after receiving reports of drug dealing. A struggle took place but the officers were able to arrest two men.

DCC Briggs said: "John's local knowledge was invaluable. He knew the layout of the alley involved and we managed to flush out the suspects and make two arrests.

DCC Briggs added: "John is an excellent role model for others. Through his dedication and common sense approach he has won the trust of the community and those he works with and that is exactly what the public want from their police."

Pc McPartlan joined the force when he was 27 having worked previously in the haulage industry. His first beat was Harrogate and he then spent time with the Task Force involved in major cases such as the Barry Prudom manhunt, policing the miners dispute and being sent to assist Merseyside Police during the time of the Toxteth riots.

He has been a beat officer in Harrogate and Pateley Bridge and for the past five years he has worked as the force architectural liaison officer. For his last day he requested that he be allowed to return to his old Harrogate beat.

"To me policing is all about pounding the streets, getting to know the local people and being there for them. Today meant a great deal to me and it's nice to sign off with an arrest!" said Pc McPartlan.

He added: "I would certainly recommend the police force as a career to others, though I think it is an advantage if you have seen a bit of the world beforehand and worked in another industry. It gives you an added insight when it comes to dealing with the public."

John, who lives with wife Angela in the Harrogate area, now plans to set up his own business advising the construction and renovation industry - from architects to builders - on crime prevention.

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