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John’s Special Role – West Midlands Police

One of West Midlands Police’s most senior officers has outlined his retirement plans after 30 years serving the public…to get back on the beat as a volunteer officer! Iain O’Brien was previously a Chief Superintendent heading up the National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NABIS) in Birmingham – the specialist unit tackling gun crime in the UK….
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One of West Midlands Police’s most senior officers has outlined his retirement plans after 30 years serving the public…to get back on the beat as a volunteer officer!

Iain O’Brien was previously a Chief Superintendent heading up the National Ballistic Intelligence Service (NABIS) in Birmingham – the specialist unit tackling gun crime in the UK. It capped a career that’s seen him work in teams ranging from neighborhood policing and CID to bringing down organized crime gangs and managing West Midlands Police’s covert intelligence teams, including the Force Negotiators.

After three decades on duty no-one would begrudge Iain a relaxing retirement – but putting his feet up was the last thing on his mind as within three days of standing down he’d signed up with the Special Constabulary! It is believed the 52-year-old is the most senior ranking ex-officer in the country to have been sworn into the volunteer ranks.

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