POLICE, parish councillors, business people, pupils, family and friends joined forces to show their appreciation for the work of community bobby Peter Booth, who retired this month after 32 years.
A surprise presentation was held at Ecclesfield Parish Council community room for the officer whose beat was mainly in Chapeltown, but also covered Ecclesfield, Grenoside and High Green.
Insp Steve Mouzer, of the Ecclesfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Pete is a very modest person. He is an experienced and respected officer, and will be missed by those he worked with and by the community. He has served with unparalleled dedication and devotion.”
Police representatives at the presentation included temporary Chief Constable Bob Dyson and Sheffield District Commander Chief Supt Simon Torr.
Gill Kress, parish council administration officer, said PC Booth “was always a point of contact and a visible presence in the area. You always saw him at Chapeltown roundabout when the children were coming out of school. He was a link between all the different groups and worked long hours than he was paid for.”
PC Booth, aged 50, runner-up in last year’s UK Community Police Officer of the Year Awards, will continue working in the area, on the pastoral team at Ecclesfield Secondary.