Special Rugby officer retires after decades of service

John Mills, left, and Glyn Garder who are retiring as Police Specials
John Mills, left, and Glyn Garder who are retiring as Police Specials

A Rugby Police Special is to retire after more than 25 years service to the force.

Warwickshire Special Deputy Chief Officer John Mills, 66, is retiring at the end of this month, along with Special Chief Officer Glyn Gardner from Warwick

Between them, the pair have amassed almost 70 years voluntary service to policing. Glyn has completed over 44 years service and worked alongside eight chief constables. John’s 25 years is well above the average length of service for volunteers in the Special Constabulary.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “On behalf of the people of Warwickshire I would like to express our heartfelt thanks and to offer our very best wishes for their forthcoming retirement.”

John joined the Special Constabulary in November 1989 and after two years volunteering in Rugby as a trainer and tutor special was promoted to Section Officer, then Area Officer at Rugby six years later.

In 2000, he was promoted again to Senior Area Officer taking responsibility for all of the specials in Rugby.

John has been involved in many large policing operations during his career most notably Global Gathering, the Bulldog Bash and policing the Ryder Cup in 2002.

His highlight was working on Operation Incentive in 2013 where he assisted Trading Standards recover £3 million worth of counterfeit goods from Wellesbourne Market. This operation was hailed ‘the greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods of any UK market ever’ by the Anti-Counterfeiting Group.

John spent his working career with BT which he did alongside his duties as a special until he retired in 1996.

John said: “I would like to personally thank all of the specials, regulars, PCSOs and police staff for their fantastic support in my 25 years service.

“I shall miss the camaraderie but have such great memories of what we have achieved.

“The contribution we make as specials to protecting the communities of Warwickshire cannot be underestimated and is something I feel privileged to have been a part of for so many years.”