Sherborne's special police constable to retire after 18 years
SHERBORNE’S longest- serving crime fighter is set to retire.
Volunteer special constable Dave Rose has dedicated two nights a week to patrolling Sherborne and nearby villages for nearly 18 years.
Mr Rose, who is married with two children, also spent time assisting with Remembrance Parade, Christmas and Pack Monday Fair patrols.
Sergeant Ged Want, formerly of Sherborne Police, said Mr Rose had a great presence in Sherborne.
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He said: “It was always a relief when Dave walked through the door to help out, especially when staffing numbers were occasionally down.
“He was uncompromising in his approach to dealing with anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related disorder and was never afraid to confront trouble makers.
“He always dealt positively with them.
“He was also regularly seen out on foot patrol in the town centre.”
Sgt Want said Mr Rose became known for his manner when dealing with unruly students.
He said: “Dave would occasionally take students back to their school when they had been out late drinking, much to their dismay, to face their house masters.
“He knew every person that had come to light in the town, and had better local knowledge than most regular officers.”
Daughter Aimee Talbott said his whole family was proud of his achievements and continued dedication to his role.
She said: “He was awarded the Special Constabulary long service medal as well as the Chief Constable Commendation for single-handedly arresting three men who were committing a serious burglary – two of which were well-known, wanted criminals.
“During this trial, Dave was praised by the judge for being courageous, for keeping calm and for dealing with the situation peacefully.
“His dedication to his role in the police force is obvious.
“He did all this as well as his full-time job as a local tradesman.”
Inspector Les Fry said Mr Rose would be sorely missed and thanked him and his family for their support – which meant he could be committed to his role.
He said: “Dave is a real asset to Dorset Police and to have served for this length of time is a really commendable feat.
“His hard work is massively appreciated.”