Retiring chief ‘gets the kebabs in’ after making final arrest

An outgoing chief constable made an arrest on his final day at work before treating his colleagues to a takeaway treat.

Jul 30, 2018
By Joe Shine
Chief Constable Mark Polin (left) and PC James Polin

North Wales Police Chief Constable Mark Polin spent his last shift on the beat in Rhyl with his son, Police Constable James Polin, and arrested someone on suspicion of causing criminal damage.

It comes after the retirement of former South Wales Police Chief Constable Peter Vaughan, who also spent his last shift with his son in December last year.

Following Mr Polin’s last shift on Thursday evening (July 27), the force wished him good luck in the future.

North Wales Police tweeted: “Chief Constable Mark Polin did his last ever shift last night with Rota one Response in Rhyl partnered with his son, PC James Polin.

“A busy night with the chief getting involved with a criminal damage arrest. And yes true to his word, he got the kebabs in! #GoodLuckSir.”

Mr Polin confirmed his retirement in May after spending almost nine years as the head of North Wales Police.

He was also the director of the senior police national assessment centre and senior police staff assessment process.

Mr Polin moves on to take up a new role as chair of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard will serve as acting chief constable until a full-time replacement is confirmed.

Mr Polin on his final shift with his colleagues

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