Force bids Stan a fond farewell after 50 years’ service
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We bade a fond farewell to a Hertfordshire Constabulary stalwart last week as Stan Waszkiewicz, who worked a remarkable 50 years in the organisation, logged off for the final time.
Stan, who started with us in 1972, served 30 years as a police officer and then stayed – spending the next 20 years as police staff working as a business support officer in our Resource Management Unit (RMU).
“Apart from traffic, I’ve done virtually everything the force has to offer in my 50 years and I’ve enjoyed it all,” he said. “I was in a Panda car, in CID, Special Branch, intervention and in charge of the old Watford divisional operational room.
“When I got to the end of my 30 years I was a Sergeant and I thought, ‘I can’t let my brain go, it’s too soon to stop working’ so I thought I’ll take an admin job for a few years. That ended up being longer than I thought! But I only did 50 years because I enjoyed it.”
Stan, who will be 70 when he formally retires, said: “I dealt with some big jobs over the years; Buncefield, obviously, that was unexpected, then the London riots in 2011, the 2012 London Olympics and the NATO summit at Watford’s Grove Hotel was a massive resourcing job.”
Chief Constable Charlie Hall said: “Fifty years’ combined service is an amazing achievement. Stan’s service to the force has just been exceptional. I know he will be missed by colleagues. His can-do attitude has helped the Resource Management Unit run like a well-oiled machine. Such a commitment to public service is truly an inspiration and I hope Stan now enjoys a well-earned retirement.”
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