Calne PC signs off after 27 years in force
Long-serving Calne officer PC Hans Monahan retires tomorrow after serving 27 years in the Wiltshire force and working under eight different sergeants.
PC Monahan, who joined the police in 1986, started on the beat at Trowbridge and spent six years stationed in Devizes before moving to Calne in December 1995.
Aside from an 18-month period working for the Chippenham Response Team, he has spent most of his working life in Calne and is well known in the town.
The 51-year-old said: “When I first came to Calne there were three shifts of four officers and two sergeants. Now we have two constables, a sergeant and four PCSOs.
“It’s been a really good career and I’ve worked with some great people. You do build up relationships over time and I will miss some people, but I’m still around. I live in Calne so I’m still here.
“It’s been good fun and the team here at Calne has always had a good tradition of working together well and getting things done.”
Before he joined the police force PC Monahan studied for a degree in history and Russian studies at Leeds University. As part of this, he spent three months in communist Russia in 1984.
PC Monahan is also a keen cook, plays for Devizes Tennis Club and has signed up for a triathlon at Calne Leisure Centre next May.
He received his retirement certificate from Chief Constable Patrick Geenty at Devizes Headquarters on October 23 and plans to take it easy for the first few months after finishing work.
He said: “There are so many things to choose from. Perhaps I’ll wait and then take things up when they arise. I play tennis, that’s probably my biggest focus.
“I had a degree and I had a choice between looking at the teaching profession and policing. Policing got a lot of publicity in the 80s so I thought I would give it a go.
“What attracted me to that was the community-related role. It’s been a joy to work with other people with other skills and insights.”
Calne town clerk Linda Roberts said: “Hans is a dedicated, highly professional police officer serving Calne for many years. He will be a significant loss from the Calne team and will leave very hard boots to fill.
“It has been an honour to work with him.”
Her words were echoed by Calne police Sergeant Simon Wright. He said: "Hans will be greatly missed in the town, he has covered Calne for many years and is a well known and respected face about town.
"I am sure the public will want to join me in wishing Hans the very best in his retirement."
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