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Somerset police officer Mick hangs up his cuffs... aged 63
8:00pm Thursday 11th July 2013 in News
A POLICEMAN thought to be the oldest serving frontline police officer in the country has retired from his beat in Somerset.
PC Mick Cowlam, who was based at Chard police station, hung up his truncheon and handcuffs at the age of 63.
Mick said: “I’ve loved every minute of it – even up until my very last day.”
He spent the past 22 years serving with Avon and Somerset Police, having previously had 25 years with the Royal Navy as a physical education instructor.
He said: “I’m going to take with me a lot of good memories and I’ve had some fantastic friends and colleagues over the years.
“Policing these days has got so high-tech with all the computer equipment – I prefer to see myself as a bit of an old-fashioned policeman.”
Mick said that most of the people he had arrested over the years speak to him if he meets them in the street.
In 2010 Mick and a colleague cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for CLIC Sargent, St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and Help for Heroes.
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