Ceremonial send-off for outgoing chief constable Colin Port

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Officers and police staff of all ranks turned out to bid Mr Port farewell at police HQ in Portishead Officers and police staff of all ranks turned out to bid Mr Port farewell at police HQ in Portishead

CHIEF constable Colin Port was given a ceremonial send-off from Avon and Somerset police headquarters today (Friday) on the eve of his retirement from the force.

Two police outriders and officers from the force’s mounted section escorted Mr Port from the HQ in Portishead as officers and staff of all ranks lined the route to bid him farewell.

He will officially retire from the role at midnight tomorrow (Saturday) after a policing career spanning 38 years. Mr Port, who had been chief constable since 2005, tendered his resignation after he was told he would have to re-apply for his job by the force’s newly elected police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

He released a statement soon after saying he had ‘no intention of applying’ for the position and confirming his retirement from the force on January 26 – at the end of his fixed-term appointment.

His successor Nick Gargan will take over the role from March with the current deputy chief constable Rob Beckley taking the helm until then. Speaking after his departure, Mr Port said: “I was very moved by the kindness shown by my colleagues. I am enormously grateful to those officers and staff for the fantastic support shown to me and for the great job everyone is doing to keep the people of Avon and Somerset safe.”

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4:36pm Fri 25 Jan 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Still looks a smug git.
Still looks a smug git. FreeSpeech?

10:44pm Fri 25 Jan 13

smithy99 says...

'a policing career spanning 38 years...'
he should get a real job and work in the private sector. Not only would he then earn his wage but he would work for longer than just 38 years like the rest of us. A lovely golden handshake and fantastic pension, the higher up the chain you go the less work you do but get paid more. Typical public sector scenario. The world has gone mad!
'a policing career spanning 38 years...' he should get a real job and work in the private sector. Not only would he then earn his wage but he would work for longer than just 38 years like the rest of us. A lovely golden handshake and fantastic pension, the higher up the chain you go the less work you do but get paid more. Typical public sector scenario. The world has gone mad! smithy99

12:18am Fri 1 Feb 13

Taunton-Somerset says...

A chief constable serving in one of the largest forces in the country. And you were..........? Jealousy is such a bitter acid.
A chief constable serving in one of the largest forces in the country. And you were..........? Jealousy is such a bitter acid. Taunton-Somerset

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