A former head boy at a school in Billinghay is set to retire as the deputy head of Lincolnshire Police following a 30-year career.
Dept Chief Constable Keith Smy steps down from the post on Friday after joining Lincolnshire in 2009 to be Asst Chief Constable.
The move saw him on familiar territory, as he had lived in Billinghay during his teenage years and went on to be head boy of the village’s Lafford High School.
Prior to coming to Lincolnshire, Dept Chief Constable Smy had been at Staffordshire, where he began his policing career in 1984.
“When I applied to Lincolnshire, some of my colleagues thought I was taking a backward step moving to a relatively small force with financial problems and limited resources,” he said. “But I disagreed and have relished the challenge and been proud to work with a team of people passionate about delivering excellent policing services at good value for the public purse.”
Dept Chief Constable Smy says he was particularly proud of the latest Her Majesty’s Inspectorate Report.
“It cited us as ‘outstanding’ at providing affordable policing and in effect vindicated our approach and rewarded the tenacity and creativity we have shown as ‘team Lincolnshire,” he said.
Dept Chief Constable Smy will be returning to his native Staffordshire in retirement, not only to be closer to his family but to pursue a number of ambitions including persuading a publisher to take on one of his many manuscripts.
Licolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick credited him for his ‘enthusiasm and tenacity’, while Chief Constable Neil Rhodes described him as a ‘devoted servant of Lincolnshire Police and the public’.