retires from Burnham-On-Sea Police Station role after 40 years
long-serving staff member at Burnham-On-Sea Police Station has
retired this week after 40 years in the force.
Whitehead began working in an admin role for Avon and Somerset
Constabulary in July 1974 at Bridgwater and also worked at Taunton
before moving to Burnham Police Station in 1981, where she has
been in the front office ever since.
of friends and colleagues - past and present - gathered at Burnham
Police Station this week to wish her a happy retirement with her
have been very lucky to have had the wonderful opportunity to
work for 40 years in a job where I have worked with amazing professional
colleagues. I am also delighted that I have been able to help
and assist members of the local community and I have met some
wonderful people," Pam told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
have thoroughly enjoyed working at Burnham from 1981 until the
present time - I have carried out a large variety of roles whilst
the Constabulary modernised. Forty years ago I was using an old
style upright manual typewriter and have progressed now to using
the latest IT computer systems."
says she feels "very honoured" to have received several
awards during her time in the job. In 2002 she received a Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council Civic Award, and in 2007 she received
an award in the Community Policing Awards for "Outstanding
2012 she was presented with an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen at
Buckingham Palace. "I am still amazed at being picked out
for this award and like to feel it is for all the staff at Burnham
Police Station," she says.
June this year she received a PCC Pride Award from Sue Mountstevens,
the Avon and Somerset PCC, in recognition of 40 years' service
for the Force and to the local community. Earlier this month,
she was also presented with a certificate for 40 years' loyal
service to Avon and Somerset Constabulary by Acting Chief Constable
I am retiring, I am pleased to say the Enquiry Office at Burnham
police station will continue to operate Monday to Friday 10am-6pm
where other Enquiry Officer Advisors will be eager to assist members
of the community. Beat Officers and Community Police Officers
will also continue to work out of Burnham," she added.
have been passionate about my job and have loved every minute
of the 40 years. I have worked with some amazing people who are
now excellent friends and have some wonderful, wonderful memories
to leave with."
has also been a real joy meeting so many wonderful members of
the public who I hope I have helped in some small way. This includes
many holidaymakers who have found the need to call at the station.
It is always a pleasure to see them leave the station a lot happier
than when they arrived. It must be harrowing to find yourself
away from your home environment when things go wrong."
will certainly miss the friendship of my colleagues at work, not
only at Burnham but all over the force area because I speak and
deal with so many people at other stations. I will also miss the
contact with the many people who visit the station day-to-day.
Although I am excited about retiring, I am also finding it very
hard to leave so much behind. I have been extremely fortunate
to have had such an amazing job for so many years."
husband David is also retiring from the force at the same time
and the pair plan to have a quiet start to their retirement for
a few months. "I certainly want to do more exercise and we
have just joined the National Trust and hope to use our membership
as much as possible. No doubt I will also be doing volunteer work
for the Royal British Legion Women's Section which has been my
other passion for many years."