Police sergeant leaving town

editorial image

A POLICE sergeant is moving on to pastures new after two decades of fighting crime in Peterlee.

Sergeant Ian Dickinson is swapping the beat in Peterlee for a similar role at Seaham Police Station after serving the people of Peterlee, Blackhall and Horden for 22 years.

When the 51-year-old first started out as a PC in the traffic department at Peterlee in 1991, he said East Durham was very different to how it is now.

“There were seacoal trucks all over the place, the area was quite run-down and there was not a lot of employment,” said Sgt Dickinson, who spent six years working as a police officer in Bishop Auckland before he came to Peterlee.

“It was a busy time crime-wise, but things have improved.”

He was promoted to sergeant and worked in Stanley in 2000, but returned to Peterlee a year later and became the Horden section sergeant. He has been the beat sergeant ever since, covering Peterlee, Horden and Blackhall.

The dad-of-one, who was a Barclay’s bank worker before joining the police, said among the highlights of his career in Peterlee have been “being able to make changes to help improve people’s quality of life”.

“A highlight of my year has always been working on the Peterlee Show, which is a good weekend for the community.”