Retiring Keynsham inspector is 'example to all'

Published on: 12 Aug 2013

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Keynsham’s Inspector Tim Stuckes has retired after eight years policing the town and nearly 40 years on the force.

Insp Stuckes made his final crime report to Keynsham Town Council on July 23 after which councillors presented him with a framed picture of the High Street and thanked him for his service.

Explaining how he made the decision to come to Keynsham instead of becoming a detective inspector at Bristol’s Bridewell police station, he said: “I knew it was a good job here and it was about getting back to the basics of policing. I was grateful for the opportunity to come here and I have never regretted it – I could not have worked in a nicer place.”

He said times had changed dramatically in the force, with recent changes including a new police and crime commissioner and a new chief constable for Avon and Somerset. The downward trend in the number of crimes reported each month that began before he arrived in Keynsham had continued, he added, and the community could be proud they lived in a “safe place”.

Insp Stuckes joined Dorset Constabulary as a cadet in 1975 and also spent several years serving with the Bermuda Police.

He joined Avon and Somerset constabulary in 1989, serving in uniform and CID posts. In 2002 he was promoted to inspector. Chief Insp Simon Ellis said: “Insp Tim Stuckes has been a key member of the management team on B&NES having direct responsibility for the Keynsham sector as well as having responsibility for the Community Safety Team and our officers seconded to the Youth Offending Team. Throughout his service he has been extremely dedicated and he remains an example to us all.”

Sgt Alison Norman will be covering his role until a new inspector is appointed.

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