A POLICE Inspector who helped transform a rural community into one of the UK’s safest is hanging-up his handcuffs after 30 years on the job.
Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Duguid is retiring after a career with Northumbria Police which spanned three decades.
During the final years of his service, the dedicated officer helped his area record the most successful reduction in violent crime in figures published by the Home Office.
Inspector Duguid joined the force in October 1980 as a PC in Sunderland, after working as an engineer.
He worked in the city for five years before joining the force’s ASG (Area Support Group) teams.
In 1986 he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in Newcastle’s West End where he spent four years before joining the traffic teams in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Inspector Duguid then took a career break for a year in 1993, during which he travelled the world visiting Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Burma, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
But he returned to the job he loves in 1994, and in 1999 was promoted to Inspector and spent four years working in Cramlington and Morpeth.
In 2003 Insp Duguid transferred to Northumbria Police’s headquarters to work on the team that organised the force’s restructuring into its current six area command system.
Five years later, he moved to the firearms training unit before his appointment as Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector in 2010.
Insp Duguid said: “I started my working life as an engineer and definitely made the right decision when I joined Northumbria.
“My career saw me start in the most southerly area of the force and complete it in England’s most northerly town.
“I feel very proud to have been the Neighbourhood Inspector and serve the community at Berwick for the past 19 months.
“I have had tremendous support from the various organisations who work so hard to make Berwick, Wooler, Seahouses and the rural area safe. And without the help of local communities the job would be almost impossible, so my appreciation is heartfelt. I have also been very privileged to have led such a conscientious, professional and dedicated team of officers and staff who have made my job a very enjoyable one.
“The recent crime figures published by the Home Office which showed Berwick sector was the most successful in the country at reducing violent crime will rank as one of the highlights of my career and demonstrates the determination and commitment shown by the police, partners and the public to make Berwick and the rural area such a safe place.”