Burnham police Inspector thanked for 33 years of service
top policeman, Inspector Roger Tolley, has been thanked for 33
years of service on his retirement this week.
and Highbridge Mayor Martin Cox and Sedgemoor District Council's
Chairman Cllr Peter Downing joined his family, friends and colleagues
for a farewell function at Burnham Police Station.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am really fortunate to be able
to say that in the whole of my service I have rarely had any time
when I haven't enjoyed my work, most especially whilst working
in Burnham and Highbridge and the surrounding area."
has been a real pleasure to be associated with this community
and to represent all its members as the Police Inspector wherever
I have been."
I started in Burnham in 2001 or so, I was set the task of 'making
things better'. I believe that has been done with the effort of
a tremendous team of staff at the station who consistently serve
us all in the community without fear or favour preventing and
have been particularly proud of the extraordinary work of the
volunteers who work as part of the Local Policing team, giving
up hundreds of hours a year of their time to ensure we are all
being served as well as possible."
"Without the effort and dedication they give directly to
the police and indirectly to the rest of the community, I would
not be the envy of most if not all of my Inspector colleagues
from across the force."
added: "I also believe that the vigilance and willingness
by a majority of the community not to accept criminality and have
the confidence to frequently identify offenders to be dealt with
has contributed to our recent levels of achievement. I am absolutely
certain we are all safer and stronger as a community than before."
such a long association with my role in the communities in Burnham,
Highbridge and all other parishes in the area, I will certainly
miss the sense of satisfaction that all our successes have brought
over the years as well as some of the minor frustrations brought
about by some who still voice ill-informed or constructed criticism
of their policing team in public."
that pleasure, and both these things always make me smile, will
continue for another very fortunate Inspector, who will, I am
sure receive as much support from the community as I have enjoyed."
have no doubt that I will see many of you around our great town
and villages in the future. I look forward to it."
joined the police force in 1980 and worked in Bristol for 12 years
as a patrol PC, progressing to a beat manager in Hartcliffe and
then to CID. He went on to Bridgwater, then later took up the
role of Sector Sergeant at Burnham for almost six years until
he was promoted to Inspector in 2007 and went to work in Taunton.
two a half years at Taunton, he was about to retire at the completion
of 30 years' service in 2009 when an opportunity to take up the
Burnham Inspector post arose and he jumped at the chance to return
to his home town, which he has done until this month's retirement.