Top cop Bob bows out after 36 years in job

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ONE of South Yorkshire’s longest serving officers retires today after 36 years with the county’s police force.

Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson joined South Yorkshire Police as a constable when he was 19 and over the years has held every rank within the force, including a stint as Chief Constable when predecessor Med Hughes retired last year.

Because Mr Dyson had not worked for any other force during his career, he was barred from applying for the top post permanently.

During his career he worked in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster, spent time as a traffic officer, and was part of firearms and drugs teams.

He said: “From the little things I’ve been involved in right through to the big arrests, I still find it very rewarding. I shall miss it all.

“I genuinely care about providing the best service for the public of South Yorkshire.

In 2010 the new force training facility, Robert Dyson House, was named after him in recognition of his service to the force – and in 2011 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.