Fond farewell to popular Corby officer

Inspector Gary Williams was recently given a Spirit of Corby award
Inspector Gary Williams was recently given a Spirit of Corby award

Colleagues have praised the dedication and commitment of Sector Inspector Gary Williams, who has been keeping the streets of Corby safe for more than two decades, as he retires from duty.

Gary, who joined the service in 1982, has spent 21 years of his career policing in Corby and is retiring from Northamptonshire Police today (Friday).

Inspector Gary Williams receives his Spirit of Corby award from Cllr Mark Pengelly

Inspector Gary Williams receives his Spirit of Corby award from Cllr Mark Pengelly

Gary joined Northamptonshire Police as a constable in November 1982, began duty in Wellingborough and Rushden, before undertaking a detectives course in 1987.

Two years later Gary was promoted to sergeant and was posted to Kettering, before arriving as a patrol sergeant in Corby in 1991.

Later Gary passed his inspectors exam and remained in Corby until he was promoted to the post of Corby sector inspector in 2004.

In various periods during 2006 and 2010 Gary performed duties as a chief inspector but always returned to Corby as sector inspector.

Some of the highlights in Gary’s career and service to the communities of Northamptonshire include:

– 1996 Assistant Chief Constable’s Commendation for a public order incident where Gary displayed excellent leadership and where 10 people were arrested

– 1997 Superintendent’s Commendation for the arrest of two prolific offenders in the Corby area who went on to admit 120 crimes

– 1998 Superintendent’s Commendation for the investigation into a suspicious death in Corby

– 1999 Superintendent’s Commendation for the investigation into vehicle crime in Kettering and Corby

– 2004 A recognition letter from the then Home Secretary David Blunkett for his involvement in OP Leisure a national initiative into alcohol offending during the summer

– 2012 Special Recognition Award given by the Spirit of Corby Awards in appreciation of his hard work and dedication to the borough over the years

Chief Inspector Chris Hillery said: “Gary is well respected by his colleagues and the people of Corby and dare I say it the highlight of his career was his posting to Corby in 1991.

“Gary has been a champion for policing in Corby and assisted partners in forming the strongest community safety partnership in the county.

“Gary will be missed but not forgotten and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Sector Inspector Gary Williams said: “I have had a wonderful career with Northamptonshire Police, working with great people both in the police, with other agencies and in the communities I have served.

“I have dedicated the last 21 years to policing in Corby, the town where I was born and bred and it has been an honour to perform the role of borough commander over the past eight years.

“The past 30 years have flown by and hopefully I will get as much satisfaction and fun out of the next 30.

“I am leaving behind an excellent policing service in Corby and the wider county, which has fantastic staff that are committed to always providing the best possible policing service we can and making the county a safer place to live.

“It is a massive wrench to be leaving behind so many friends and colleagues, who have some huge challenges ahead.

“On a personal note, I would like to thank everybody in the communities of Corby who have supported officers in Corby and me personally over the years, it has been a bumpy ride at times but together we have made a real change, the spirit of Corby has shone through and our town is a great place to live and bring up our families.”