Rock of ages set to roll on
Policeman leaves Met after 30 years
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