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Popular Newquay police inspector to retire

Popular Newquay police inspector to retire

Published by Emma Carton at 10:27am 14th November 2019. (Updated at 10:28am 14th November 2019)

The popular police inspector for Newquay has announced he is retiring.

Dave Meredith will leave his post, and Devon and Cornwall Police, on 31st December.

After serving for six years in the British Army, he began his policing career in Plymouth in 1993.

Dave has held positions in St Austell, Camborne, Truro and has served as Newquay Sector Inspector for 10 years.

Dave has watched the town go from strength to strength, including the introduction of the Newquay Safe partnership.

Other achievements include organising blood donor sessions for the Anthony Nolan charity in local schools.

In total, Inspector Meredith has served with Devon and Cornwall Police for 26 years!

"My service at Newquay has obviously been a significant part of my police career and is a period for which I hold very fond memories.

"As both a resident of Newquay and the police Inspector I have taken great pride in working with our partners to transform Newquay into a responsible town that offers something for everyone.

"Prior to 2009, Newquay was often referred to a as a 'wild west town'. Sadly, this reputation was often justified. However, with the implementation of Newquay Safe, a massive long term partnership effort succeeded in turning the tide and setting the town on a path that has led to its current position as a well run and responsible family friendly resort.

"I feel privileged to have served with a great team of officers over the years at Newquay station. The nature of policing at Newquay is perhaps not for the faint hearted, and this is reflected in the positive 'can do attitude' of Newquay officers who continue to show real passion and determination to make a positive difference to our town.

"It is no secret that I am an advocate of robust and no-nonsense policing. I have no regrets over this policing style, and firmly believe that this type of leadership was necessary to deal with the challenges of policing Newquay over the past decade.

"I must pay particular thanks to all the partners agencies within Newquay Safe who have provided unbending support to the police and really have made the town what it is today.

"Through hard work and perseverance, most of the challenges of the night time economy are now behind us, with the majority of pubs and clubs being run in a very responsible manner. It is very rewarding to see the towns licensees working together with the police to achieve a well balanced and responsible night time economy.

"Although my role as the towns police Inspector has on occasions been challenging, it has also been exceptionally rewarding and I have never regretted undertaking this role. I feel honoured to have been part of the team that has worked so long to make the town what it is today.

"If the progress we have made over the last decade is anything to go by, then the town has a great future and we should all be proud of Newquay".

Inspector Dave Meredith

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