Longest-serving Met officer retires after 47 years in the job

09:17 07 August 2013

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The UK's longest-serving officer outside New Scotland Yard. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

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The UK’s longest serving bobby today hangs up his truncheon at Scotland Yard.

Pc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour in 1972. Picture: Metropolitan Police ServicePc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade during Trooping the Colour in 1972. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

Pc Mick Mountain joined the force more than 40 years ago at the age of 19. Now 66, Pc Mountain - who policed the Brixton riots as well as the Silver, Golden and Diamond jubilees - is retiring from what he describes as the world’s best police service.

“What can I say… I stick at things,” he said. “Looking back, joining the police was the best piece of advice my Dad could have given me.

“I will always be proud to have been in the Met, as I believe we are the best police service in the world.”

Scotland Yard said Pc Mountain has arrested thousands of criminals, starting in Wimbledon as a bobby on the beat with just a whistle and a truncheon and ending his career as an officer at the Palace of Westminster.

Pc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade this week. Picture: Metropolitan Police ServicePc Mountain in Horse Guards Parade this week. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

After 18 years policing the corridors of power, Pc Mountain said it was the everyday people he encounters he will miss most. “I love coming into work everyday and meeting so many different people,” he said. “It’s what spurred me to stay in the job all this time and the thing that I will miss the most.”

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