POPULAR copper Ted Heap has retired from the police service - for the third time.
He joined Warwickshire Constabulary in 1967 as a PC at Sutton Coldfield and then worked for the West Midlands force, retiring in September 1997 after 30 years service.
At one time, he taught the then new Police Command and Control System to colleagues at various places but mainly in Homer Road, Solihull.
Two days after finishing as a police officer, he joined the support staff at Little Park Street in Coventry as a civilian and stayed until May 1999.
During his years in uniform, latterly a sergeant, he was based at Castle Bromwich, Water Orton, Chelmsley Wood, Sutton Coldfield - again - Castle Vale and Aston.
After a break, including driving for an employment agency, he took on his latest role as an information officer on the front desk at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton when it opened in May 2006, and was again employed by the Warwickshire force.
Ted, who is 67 and lives at Atherstone in north Warwickshire, retired again at the end of last month when his job disappeared as part of cost-saving cutbacks, having completed 37 years police service.
He and his wife, who still works at the justice centre in Nuneaton, have three sons and four grandchildren.
Ted – real name is William but everyone calls him Ted – worked in the police traffic department, special branch and at Birmingham Airport over the years.
A keen motor-cyclist, Ted intends to remain active, possibly doing voluntary work.