Joining the Hampshire Constabulary as a cadet in 1971, I became a constable in March 1973. My career spanned thirty years of patrol and desk work, from the rural New Forest to the City of Portsmouth.
I was a foot patrol officer, car patrol officer, and a village police officer, and a frontier officer. For thirteen years however, I was a radio operator / controller in four of the control rooms in the force, during the evolution of the communication systems. I "retired" at the age of 49 in March 2003. We moved away from Hampshire looking for a cottage in Scotland, but ended up in a new development on the outskirts of Dumfries.
During my time in Scotland, I worked full time and part time for a national Plumbers merchant learning retail, plumbing, and Scottish, all at the same time, a real learning curve. We did take three months off in October 2005 for a trip to Australia. I was welcomed back to the plumbers merchants for short time, finally quitting in April 2007 when we moved to France.