This week The St Helena Police Directorate said good bye to a retiring serving officer after 28 years of service. Merlin George (Assistant Superintendent of Police to Chief Inspector) completed his final day of work on 29th February 2016.
Merlin Joined the St Helena Police service as a police constable on 22nd October 1984. In 1985 Merlin married Helen and the same year he was posted to Ascension Island Police Detachment. Helen who was also a serving police constable at the time was incidentally the first female Police officer to serve at the Ascension Island detachment. During the 2 year tour on Ascension in 1987 Merlin attended a fourteen week course of initial police training in Ashford, Kent UK.
In 1989 Merlin returned to St Helena and was promoted to a Sergeant, In 1992 Merlin returned to the UK where he attended a criminal Investigation course in West Yorkshire, In 1997 He returned to Ascension and after a few months in post Merlin took command of the detachment as acting inspector which later resulted in him being promoted to Inspector. In 2000 Merlin returned to the UK and trained with the West Mercia Police as a Firearm’s Incident Manager during that time he relocated to Sussex to gain some experience in community policing this is where he enrolled on a police Inspector’s operational command and management course, as part of this course he also experience patrolling Brighton’s High Street. On return to St Helena Merlin was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. Merlin also held the position as Deputy Chief, Chief of Police. Merlin’s original retirement plan was to retire in August but continued to work for another six months, during which time he perform the functions of Director of Policing from 15th January to 19th February whilst the Chief of Police was on overseas leave, therefore ended his career on a high.
During Merlin’s career he was awarded three medals one long service and a good conduct medal, along with a golden and silver Jubilee medal, also a commendation from The Chief Justice for bravery during a firearm’s Incident. Merlin said his career was a great challenge over the years but also rewarding and he had learnt a lot about life.
I am sure the community of St Helena and the Police Directorate will appreciate the twenty eight years of dedication and knowledge that Merlin bought to the community.
Chief of Police Trevor Botting Said ‘ Chief Inspector George has served the communities of St Helena and Ascension with pride and exceptional manners during his time with the Police Service. He has been a great support to me personally and his attitude to his work reflects the values of the Police Service. The local communities should be grateful for over 28 years of dedicated service’. I wish Merlin well in his retirement’
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