ONE of Sheffield’s most popular bobbies is leaving the beat early next month.
PC Peter Booth is retiring after patrolling the streets of High Green and Chapeltown where he has become something of a local legend for his dedication and commitment.
Last year he was presented with a medal by Home Secretary Theresa May as runner-up in the UK community police officer of the year awards, when he was described as “a community treasure”. He was also named South Yorkshire community constable of the year.
The appreciation stems from the grass roots. When it was mooted that he was leaving his beat, residents in Chapeltown and High Green sent a petition to the Chief Constable – and he was allowed to stay.
Aged 50, PC Booth joined the police as an 18-year-old and was praised by policing magazine Jane’s Review as somebody who still ‘works predominantly on foot’, taking on responsibility for the schools in his area and committed to tackling drugs, anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking.
Despite leaving the force, he will continue to keep an eye on students at Ecclesfield School. The father of three is joining the school’s pastoral team.
But this time he really is retiring. Last year, the police newspaper incorrectly informed reported that he had hung up his helmet. The year before it was even posted on several social network sites that he had died.
PC Booth is also known as the bobby who stands next to the tunnel at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium – and occasionally at Bramall Lane.
He and his wife, Pat, will be guests of honour for Wednesday’s game against Tranmere on Monday.