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Police special retires after 30 years of service

Ian Walby

A police special who has dedicated over 100,000 hours over to serving his community is set to retire on Saturday.

Special Inspector Ian Walby has spent 30 years as a special officer, starting his career as a special constable in 1991.

As inspector Ian over saw volunteer policing for West Cumbria, which at one point had over 60 officers of varying ranks.

During his time as a special Ian has given around 10,000 hours to the constabulary and also volunteered in other areas of the constabulary and worked around 100 hours as one of the first leaders for the police cadets.

Ian has been deployed to many incidents from providing support to children, being involved in serious investigations and providing lifesaving first aid.

Superintendent for West Cumbria Dan StQuintin said “Ian, has volunteered as a special constable for 30 years.

“He has given 10,000 hours to the community of West Cumbria during this time. That’s around seven hours a week for 30 years.

“Ian’s community spirit and great dedication to West Cumbria is impressive. He has led the West Cumbria specials team well and leaves behind a dedicated voluntary team of special constables and sergeants who continue to get involved and make a difference.

“I am very grateful for Ian’s service and commitment. He has done a brilliant job.”

Ian also found time to serve around 10 years with Maryport Inshore Rescue where he was flood rescue, first aid, and powerboat trained.

He is also a volunteer for Blood Bikes, a role he plans to continue when he retires.