New police commander comes full circle after city grounding

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THE city’s new police commander was welcomed back to MK by a text message from a family he helped when he was first on the beat.

Detective Superintendent Barry Halliday, who started his career as a police officer at just 18, said the family had seen the announcement on the police website and texted him to say they were glad he had returned.

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Mr Halliday said: “That was really touching that they had remembered me after all those years. More than anything, my first five years as a bobby in Milton Keynes shaped me and made me realise very early on what really counts.

“It was the most important part of my career because I had the opportunity to talk to the people that matter – our communities, and for me getting that right and looking after their needs and worries was my passion and nothing has changed.”

DS Halliday, who started work on the beat in the Lakes Estate on April 13, 1987, also worked as a Detective Sergeant, DI and a DCI in the city, successfully formulating and leading operations such as Operation Drawbridge, an initiative to combat burglary in 1999, and the anti-drugs operation code-named Operation Dawning in 1998.

Since leaving MK he has worked within the Serious Crime Unit and Major Crime as a Senior Investigating Officer.

He said: “Thames Valley is a well performing LPA and I have arrived at a time when performances are strong. Have I got the credentials to do that? I would say yes I have.”