Redruth 'special' honoured for service
7:40am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
A Redruth special constable has been recognised for his years of voluntary service to Devon and Cornwall Police.
Inspector Barry Hunter was among ten officers honoured with long service and good conduct medals by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer at a ceremony held in Saltash.
The ceremony, on August 22, was also attended by Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall. Inspector Hunter was presented with the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal for nine years' service.
Formerly a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Metropolitan Toronto Police and the Parachute Regiment on his return to the UK, Inspector Hunter happily met his wife Carol, a Redruth girl who patched him up more than once, at a military hospital.
In January 2002 Barry became a radio despatch officer with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and his Canadian accent becoming instantly recognizable. He then changed roles to officer safety and first aid trainer for Cornwall.
In July 2002, eager to get back in uniform, Barry joined the Special Constabulary working at Camborne, Pool and Redruth. During this period Barry carried out various duties with both regular officers on response and Special Constables on routine patrol.
In July 2006 Barry was promoted to inspector and took over responsibility for the safety training and first aid for all specials in Cornwall.
His role includes working with the Community Police Cadets, Street Pastors and various community projects.