Rock of ages set to roll on

Po­lice­man leaves Met after 30 years

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Laura Hatcher

A ‘ROCK’ of the bor­ough’s po­lice force hung up his hand­cuffs last week.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Des Rock, 56, worked his last shift on Fri­day last week after 30 years with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice – the last five over­see­ing the day-to-day run­ning of Hilling­don bor­ough.

Mr Rock joined the Met in 1984, start­ing as a PC at the old Uxbridge po­lice sta­tion in Wind­sor Street – now The Fig Tree pub – and moved to the Chiswick, Har­les­den and Cam­den ar­eas, be­fore re­turn­ing to Uxbridge.

“It’s a great job, I will cer­tainly miss it,” he said. “I’ve met a lot of peo­ple and made a lot of friends.

“It will be sad to leave those peo­ple be­hind.”

Asked about the high­lights of his life in polic­ing, he said one of his proud­est mo­ments was man­ag­ing to ex­ceed a tar­get to re­duce crime in Uxbridge by 20 per cent in four years by reach­ing that fig­ure in just two.

Mr Rock plans to have a break for a few months be­fore go­ing to help with pri­vate train­ing in the pro­mo­tion process – help­ing of­fi­cers achieve pro­mo­tion in the force.

n TIME: Su­per­in­ten­dent Des Rock

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