Force Welfare Officer Retires After 47 Years’ Service

Cleveland Police’s Welfare Officer, Margaret Hunter is set to retire today, Thursday 19th July after 47 years’ service for the Force.

Margaret’s retirement ties in with the closure of Ladgate Lane Headquarters. She joined the then Dunning Road HQ for ‘Teesside Constabulary’ (as it was known then) in 1971 as an office clerk just short of her 17th birthday.

After a few years working within this role, as a supervisor and then moving on to work for Personnel, Margaret completed her training at the age of 35 to become a Welfare Officer which she did for 28 years for Cleveland Police and then Sopra Steria.

Speaking of her job, Margaret said: “My role as a welfare officer involved providing guidance and direction for people at what is often a difficult time for them. The majority of the role was reactive as I would respond to people’s needs and ever changing situations.

“I love helping people and it’s a real positive knowing I have made a difference to someone’s life. The closure of Ladgate Lane seemed to be the end of an era for me and today is my 47th anniversary with the police!  I am now looking forward to looking after my grandson Louie and having some time for myself.”

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “Margaret has been a huge asset to the Force throughout her career and touched many people’s lives.

“As a Force we cannot thank her enough for her hard work and dedication to making a difference to the officers and staff of Cleveland Police and I wish her the best of luck for the future.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “What an achievement to have worked for the Force for 47 years and thousands of employees will have benefitted from the care and compassion shown by Margaret.

“She has devoted the majority of her career to benefiting the lives of people working for the police and without her kindness and professionalism, many people wouldn’t have had the support they needed to provide an excellent service to our communities and I cannot praise her enough for this.”

Photo caption: Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts, Margaret Hunter and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.