Special thanks to 'Marlborough's Special' from the Chief Constable
Constable Mike Tupman is retiring from Wiltshire Police on the 31 December after 31 years with the Special Constabulary.
Mike Tupman aged 73, from Burbage, Marlborough joined the Wiltshire Special Constabulary in 1985 at the age of 42 whilst working full-time for Cadbury’s Ltd. He signed up to be a special after it was suggested by a neighbour.
Mike who works two shifts a week which usually includes a Saturday and a week day has given an average of 60 hours of his free time every month, serving the community of Marlborough and the surrounding area.
Mike Tupman said: “Being Special is all about dealing with people; you don’t need to be big and strong but just be an ordinary person and take the time to listen.
I have got so much satisfaction out of being a special, it has been great fun. There have been sad times, scary times, and happy times and I enjoyed all of it.
“I like helping people and the Force teaches you that when you put on the uniform you go out and do your best.
“The biggest changes I have seen in the past 31 years have been the increase in paperwork and changes in technology. I remember the days when we would come in to work, write a sentence or two in a notebook and that was it. Communication has improved incredibly; I remember when you couldn’t go further than 30 yards from your car because you couldn’t use the radios.
“It’s impossible to pick a highlight from my career. The camaraderie between everyone has definitely been one of the best bits. I have made so many great friends over the years and they will be my chums forever.”
In 2002 Mike won the title of "Special Constable of the Year" and again in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the Police Authority Shield for his service to the community and in 2013 he was award an MBE for his service to the Wiltshire Community.
Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “So many people talk very highly of Mike and that is a massive accolade because it shows the impact he has had on others. The admiration and support people have for Mike as a person is a direct result of the way he comes across. It takes a very special kind of person to be part of the police family, and it takes a very special person to volunteer to be part of the police family. It is not until you sit and reminisce that you realise how special the role of a police officer, including a special constable, really is. At a time of crisis, when everyone else is running away from danger, you are running towards it. He should never underestimate the contribution he has made to the Force.”