Inspector Andy Smith has retired this month after 26 years’ service with Avon and Somerset Police, working mainly in neighbourhood and response teams in Taunton and Bridgwater.
Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie said: “Andy was an inspiration to all aspiring young leaders; his personal style was one of exacting standards combined with an incredible warmth, humility and genuine care for those who worked with him and for those he served.
“Andy would be far too modest to admit that he did any more than his day job but I know those who have worked with Andy would share my sentiments and my good wishes for his next chapter beyond policing.”
Andy was also awarded a leadership commendation on his final day; to show the appreciation for the work he has done serving the public and supporting his staff.
“As we all know, the challenges of policing remain ever present and the requirement for great leadership has never been more important. As I visit the areas and stations across Somerset, I see this style of leadership present every day which bodes well for the organisation as we continue to navigate the choppy waters of change.”
Andy will be taking up a new role working outside of the police, but still in the Taunton area, with the support of his wife and grown up daughter and son.