Haverhill’s second longest serving police officer has left her role at the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
Sergeant Sarah Bartley has served in the town for 12 years, advancing to becoming the leader of the SNT.
She worked her last day in that role last Monday (October 28), and has now left to instead become a custody sergeant in Bury St Edmunds.
“Haverhill has been the best station I have ever worked at and I will really miss the town, the people but most of all my fantastic colleagues at the police station,” said Sgt Bartley.
“The time is right to move on but it was a very hard decision to make.
“I hope in my own small way I have helped the people of Haverhill somewhere along the way.
“I believe I am the second longest serving officer still at Haverhill so I have seen a lot of people come and go, so its seems very strange to be the person on the receiving end of everyone’s good wishes.”
The only police officer to have served in Haverhill for longer than Sgt Bartley is Pc Rupert Beynon, who recently left the SNT to serve in the town’s response team.
Sgt Gary Miller starts as SNT sergeant on Monday (November 4).
The SNT is tasked with solving publicly-elected priorities, which are set at the quarterly meetings and have often been dominated with parking issues, particularly on the High Street.
Both Sgt Bartley and Pc Beynon had their long service to the force recognised when they were among 35 Suffolk officers to receive long service awards from Lord Lieutenant Tollemache.
Sgt Bartley said at the time: “I have been in the force for 21 years.”
“I have served at Newmarket, Mildenhall, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds Custody and Haverhill.
“I am proud to have spent all my time on the front line, in uniform.
I got promoted in 1999 to Sergeant but my most enjoyable times have been at Haverhill.”
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