A COMMUNITY bobby has bid farewell to the police beat he calls his “spiritual home”.
Inspector Vince Addison, who has overseen Seaham’s neighbourhood police team for the last eight years, has retired after 30 years with Durham Constabulary, a job he started just days after leaving St Leonard’s School in Durham.
Insp Addison, who has also covered Peterlee, said: “I was 18, naïve, and without much life experience. It was a huge, steep learning curve.
“But I’ve managed to pack a lot in the last 30 years.
“In the early 1980s, policing was still a bit like Life on Mars.
“I came in at the end of the old days. I’ve seen us move into the new millennium.
“We’ve moved with the times it’s a more challenging environment.”
The projects he has overseen during his time in Seaham include the first Operation Nimrod raids, a campaign to reduce drug dealing.
Asked if he would join the police today Insp Addison, who is married with two teenage daughters, and contemplating his next career move, said: “I would go in with my eyes wide open and realise what a tough job it is.
“It’s been a tremendous challenge and a tremendous experience. I’ve met so many people who have been an absolute privilege to work with.”