Policeman has last laugh

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 December 2011

Owen Rockey was recognised for his long service to the police

Owen Rockey was recognised for his long service to the police

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A policeman who served in Exmouth has had the last laugh from a superior who said he would never make the grade. The officer has been presented with a long service award

A former Exmouth policeman recognised for his dedication to the job has had the last laugh at a senior officer who said he would not make the grade.

Police constable Owen Rockey joined Devon and Cornwall police in 1989 where he was told by a training sergeant ‘you won’t last more than two minutes in this job’.

Some 20 years on, PC Rockey was recently presented with a long service and good conduct award at a Devon and Cornwall police ceremony attended by Chief Constable Stephen Otter and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Michael Galsworthy.

A spokesperson for the police said: “Owen has been turning up for work religiously since 1989, mainly to prove his training sergeant wrong after she uttered the words ‘you won’t last more than two minutes in this job’.

“After 20 years of service he is now happy that he has proved a point and at last feels comfortable in the role of a police constable.

“Nothing fazes Owen, who meets every challenge with a smile.

“His easy-going disposition hides a dedicated investigator who will always treat the victim’s need as of paramount importance.

“He is a hugely popular figure both within the police team and the community where he works.”

PC Rockey joined the force after qualifying from art school as a wildlife artist and working in a zoo and museum.

During his career in the police he has worked at stations in Exeter, Cullompton, Dawlish, Holsworthy, Exmouth, Newton Abbot and Ashburton, and now Chudleigh.

During his time on the beat he has worked as response and youth officers and also on the neighbourhood police team.

Over the last six years his beat has included the area between Ashburton and Chudleigh, as well as a large part of Dartmoor.

Devon and Cornwall police said: “It is in this arena where Owen’s wildlife background has come to the fore.

“He regularly takes the lead in removing dead animals from the road, dealing with ponies on the highway and more recently becoming our resident expert in the field of tracking out of control emus and ostriches in and around Moretonhampstead - never a dull moment on a rural beat.”

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