Pete is Axminster's new police sergeant

PUBLISHED: 12:47 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010

A NEW Sergeant will start at Axminster police station in the New Year replacing Dave Sheldrake, who retired this week.

A NEW Sergeant will start at Axminster police station in the New Year - replacing Dave Sheldrake, who retired this week.Sgt Pete Trudgeon, 38, is already based at the station but his post officially starts on January 5.The married father-of-three from St Austell has been in the force for over eight years, quickly moving up the ranks.Currently studying for his inspector exams, he said he is looking forward to the role.Sgt Trudgeon, who used to work as an account manager for a solicitors firm, said: "I changed jobs because I wanted to join the police. I wanted to join since I was young but didn't get round to it until later."He explained he had to wait until he was more settled in order to take a drop in wages to join the force.He has worked for four years in the Crime Investigation Department and has been acting sergeant/sergeant for the last three years. He is glad he made the career change. He said: "It's something I always wanted to do and I love every minute of it.


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