Policeman Mike goes off duty for good as retirement beckons

January 31 2016

POLICE officer Mike Hart has retired from the Avon and Somerset force after 14 years of patrolling the streets of Chipping Sodbury.

PC Mike Hart

POLICE officer Mike Hart has retired from the Avon and Somerset force after 14 years of patrolling the streets of Chipping Sodbury.
PC Hart was beat manager for the town and the neighbouring Cotswold Edge area and was a familiar figure to many in the locality.
He joined the constabulary in September 1987, originally being stationed in Bath. He was posted to Chipping Sodbury in 1999 and became the community beat officer for the town in 2002.
At the time, Chipping Sodbury had a problem with unruly behaviour, especially at weekends.
But PC Hart said: “This has changed for the better. I attribute this to the introduction of street pastors, taxi marshalls, improved CCTV and a successful police-led Pub Watch scheme.”
These days there are fewer police officers at Chipping Sodbury and PC Hart said the role of the police had changed.
He said: “Expectations and demands on the force have increased and this has been a challenge, which for the most part we have risen to and improved our service.”
PC Hart’s colleague, Sergeant Adrian Fallows, said: “He was a great pleasure to work with, had a great sense of humour and a quick wit and really cared for the community that he served. He will be missed.”
During his time in the town, PC Hart’s team of officers won the title Neighbourhood Team of 2011 for South Gloucestershire in a competition based on nominations from the community.
Sodbury Town Council wished him well and Rich McDonough, acting chairman of Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, said: “We would like to wish Mike a great retirement and to thank him for his support and help over the years.”
PC Hart said: “I would like to thank the people I have worked for and the local residents for making my time rewarding and enjoyable over the last 14 years.”