A former Tideswell man and senior police officer who became an FBI-trained negotiator received a Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at police headquarters in Ripley.
Roger Flint, who has recently retired from the force, joined Derbyshire Constabulary in 1983 following a career as a navigating officer in the Merchant Navy.
Over the next 18 years he rose through the ranks until he became Divisional Commander in 2001, where he remained for ten years at police divisional headquarters in Buxton, Ripley and, most recently, Chesterfield.
Roger made himself available 24/7, a Gold Incident Commander for the force, assuming responsibility for firearms and other critical incidents. His career in hostage negotiating began in 1994 and by 1996 he was a member of the national negotiating working group.
In 1998 he took charge of force negotiators, and in 2001 he trained with the FBI in the USA. Roger became recognised as one of the finest in this discipline.
As a long-standing chairman of the Derbyshire branch of the Police Superintendents’ Association and former secretary, Roger represented the interests of his colleagues on the national stage.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Roger is an honourable man with great integrity.
“His first priority has always been the public we serve and he has used his ability to impart this ethos on others. “Roger treats every person with dignity and respect, gaining confidence inside and outside the police service.
“Through his style of personal policing and exemplary professional performance he has met challenges and delivered policing solutions which will have a lasting legacy.”