POLICEMAN Malcolm Jiminez has finally hung up his helmet - over 40 years after he joined the cadets.
Aged eighteen, he started walking the beat in Acocks Green, before moving on to the bomb squad and Special Branch.
Malcolm also spent ten years as a policeman in New Zealand and Australia, before moving back to Britain in 1997.
Since then he’s been Solihull-based, working for a number of different teams, most recently he’s been working at the NEC.
Now the 58-year-old is taking his well-deserved retirement, having spent more than four decades in uniform.
But it’s not always been the same style as the new, black number was recently unveiled by West Midlands Police.
“When I joined in 1968, we wore a Victorian style uniform,” said Malcolm.
“The shirts were blue and the starched collars detachable.
“Personal Protective Equipment consisted of a beautiful chrome whistle and wooden truncheon. I still own the whistle with pride.”
Malcolm said that he has been “extremely proud” to have served as a PC and said that he wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again.
And what advice would the policeman give to the next generation of recruits?
“Stick in there, don’t lose sight of your goals and aspirations, it will be worth it.”