PC John Larcombe-Ford has been presented with the Chief Constable’s Long Service and Good Conduct award

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A former Seaton police officer who had to cycle four miles to investigate a theft because there were no patrol cars available has been commended for his work.

PC John Larcombe-Ford, 49, was presented with a Long Service and Good Conduct certificate at a ceremony in Saltash, recently.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Sir John Evans, Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, attended the event.

The gathering heard how PC Larcombe-Ford started his law enforcement career when he joined Nottinghamshire Police as a Special Constable in 1990.

He became a regular officer in February 1993 and was then posted to Nottingham Central Police Station, before joining the traffic department in 1998.

In March 2003, PC Larcombe-Ford transferred to Devon and Cornwall Police and was posted to Seaton police station.

His very first job was the theft of a charity collection box in Colyford which he had to cycle to as there were no force vehicles available.

In June 2004 the officer moved to work in mid Devon and in August 2006 he was posted to Exeter Traffic Unit and has qualified in time and distance speed detection, among other things.

This is in addition to the high number of traffic offence offenders he reports to court, the high number of arrests and the assistance or advice he gives to drink drive procedures in custody, or at court. His wealth of knowledge, approachable manner and willingness to help has afforded him recognition as a model of good practice.

PC Larcombe-Ford has contributed extensively in support of investigations undertaken in line with the Road Death Investigation Manual as a Family Liaison Officer.

Senior officers say “he continually goes the extra mile with families and receives compliments from senior managers on his ability to perform above expectations.

“The commitment to his work is exceptional and he is always willing to help his colleagues and he is held in high regard by his peers. He is always one of the first to be at work and he is always one of the last to leave, which only reinforces the admiration other officers have for him.”

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