Marathon man Mark Clough reckons he has plenty more miles on the beat despite becoming the recipient of a long service award.
PC ‘Cloughie’, 44, recently completed 22 years with Greater Manchester Police.
A familiar face in Saddleworth, particularly Delph, Mark is now the proud recipient of a long service, good conduct medal, presented to him by Ian Pilling, assistant chief constable for Greater Manchester.
“I will probably retire when I am 55 so I’ve got a bit to go yet,” he confirmed.
“I moved to Saddleworth in 2008 and it’s been a great area to work in. I enjoy meeting the people and I work alongside a great team with PCSOs Mike Lowther and Monica Rowley.”
Saddleworth colleagues posted their own congratulations on Facebook.
It read: “Your Saddleworth team are proud to congratulate one of our own. PC Mark Clough has recently received his long service good conduct medal from the Assistant Chief Constable at a recent presentation ceremony.
“Mark has been a beat officer covering the Saddleworth area for over eight years and is well respected.”
Pam Preston posted: “Well done Mark – we always appreciate your advice and assistance with our events in Delph. Well deserved from Wake Up Delph.”
Mark started work in July 1995 and four years later became a beat bobby in Fitton Hill.
A GMP spokesman said: “When PC Clough worked on the Fitton Hill estate he changed the area for the better, partly by winning the trust and respect of the families who lived there and partly by helping to make sure that £50 million pounds of redevelopment money was spent on projects which would most benefit the community.
“He has shown his commitment to the job by getting involved in community matters, often in his own time.
“He has been a school governor, learned to speak Urdu, supported Home Watch, Pub Watch, and the National Farmers Union. He has taken local children to outward-bound courses.”
Meanwhile, PCSO Gary Etchells, 57, from Oldham, recently received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the Greater Manchester Community.