BRIDLINGTON’S Neighbourhood Sergeant, who has ‘policing in the blood’, is set to retire.
Sgt Steve Dove, who has been in the role since late 2005, worked his last day at Bridlington Police station last Friday, officially leaves the force on July 22.
Sgt Dove, 53, said: “I have been lucky to work with some exceptional people during my time in Bridlington, it has been a fantastic experience.”
Originally from north London, Steve joined the force in 1977 working for the Metropolitan Police, before leaving for five years in 1990 and moving to Yorkshire.
He rejoined the police and worked as a PC in Bridlington in 1995, before being repromoted to sergeant, moving to Goole and then Driffield, before accepting the post of Neighbourhood Sergeant in Bridlington in 2005.
And having spent so much of his life as a member of the police force, Steve is sad to be retiring.
“I will miss it. I have worked with some great people who I am glad to call friends, and other partner agencies in Bridlington that do so much to help the town,” he added. “I missed the work when I left the force for five years, so it will be strange not being part of it anymore.
“My family don’t have any history of policing but it is like any service, it becomes and institution - but I am looking forward to my retirement.”
Asked whether he had any plans for a holiday when he retires, Steve said: “No, no holidays. I’ll have plenty to keep me busy once I’ve finished with renovating some property I have!”
Sgt Dove now hands the reins over to Sgt Carl Sweeting, who takes over as Neighbourhood Sergeant.
“I’ve tried to pass on any little bits of advice or experience I might have, but I’m sure Carl will do a great job. Bridlington is a great place to work.”
Steve lives with his wife, 11-year-old twins - one boy and one girl, and has two grown up daughters, aged 30 and 27. He also fosters children, a 15-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.
He has coached the Driffield Pumas under 12 football team for four years.