Alison bids goodbye to the beat

Alison Hargreaves, who is retiring from Lancashire Constabulary after 21 years of service. (s)
Alison Hargreaves, who is retiring from Lancashire Constabulary after 21 years of service. (s)

Clitheroe police station will be a quieter place as of this week as it bids farewell to one of it’s longest serving officers after over 20 years in the police force.

PC Alison Hargreaves joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1994 aged 24, after a stint at Althams Travel in Clitheroe where she went to work after leaving Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

Alison (44) said: “From being small, I always wanted to join the police. I had big respect for the job and I knew from a really early age that it was what I wanted to do.”

Alison, who was recently awarded the force’s long service and good conduct medal, started her career on the beat in Darwen, where she worked for around two years before going on to Blackburn as part of the instant response team for seven years.

After returning to the Ribble Valley, Alison has spent the final 12 years of her career based at Clitheroe Police Station, with some of that time serving as the community beat manager for Whalley, Mellor, Osbaldeston, Clayton-le-Dale and Read and Simonstone. She was also chosen as part of the team who facilitated the Olympic torch on its journey through Lancashire in 2012.

Alison, who is retiring from the police service on health grounds continued: “I’ve been fortunate to meet some amazing people in my time here, and made some solid friends. It’s been wonderful working in the place I love – where I grew up and still live.

“It’s been a massive decision to retire, but my passion has always been front line policing and after various health issues, it is increasingly hard to keep up with the high demands of the job. Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of the police service and of the community it serves and I feel very proud of what I’ve achieved in my career.”

Clitheroe Police Inspector Hassan Khan said: “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Alison for many years, particularly in the Ribble Valley where we both worked as Police Constables.

“It will seem strange not having Alison around Clitheroe police station, but she has clearly earned a successful retirement after so many years dedicated to Lancashire Constabulary and the public of Ribble Valley in particular.

“I wish Alison and her family all the best for the future and pass on my sincere thanks for her contributions locally and nationally.”