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Long serving police officer steps down today
A LONG serving police officer who has worked all around Yorkshire, has hung up her hat for the last time.
Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross’s police career began 30 years ago, and she has served in West Yorkshire, Cleveland, and in North Yorkshire.
She has chosen to take early retirement, and today will be her final shift with police.
ACC Cross said: “I have so many memories of my police service and cannot believe that 30 years has passed.
“I recognise that I am very fortunate to be able to leave one career and move onto another. I am very proud to have been part of one of the most high-performing police services in the country and leave in the knowledge that North Yorkshire Police is in very good hands.”
ACC Cross was senior investigating officer for the murder of Richmond girl Jenny Nicholl, and worked with an enquiry team which saw the successful conviction of David Hodgson for her murder. She said her one remaining sadness was that she had never been able to tell Jenny’s parents where their daughter was.
She said: “That is something I still think about on a very regular basis. To lose a child is one of the most difficult things for any parent to bear and to not be able to lay your child to rest just compounds the loss.”
Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “Sue has played a vital role within the Chief Officer Team at North Yorkshire Police and has been an inspirational leader and role model for many people during her very varied policing career. She is a very positive, supportive and compassionate police officer who can be proud of her achievements.
“We wish her every success and happiness in her new endeavours. Sue will be greatly missed by her colleagues both in North Yorkshire Police and our partner agencies across the county.”
ACC Cross said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to my family and friends who have supported me during my career. Policing can be all-consuming and sometimes family and friends don’t get the time and attention they deserve. This has been true in my case, more frequently than I care to acknowledge.
After retiring, Sue said she was “exploring a number of opportunities” for future employment, and would use the skills she had developed in her police career to “be part of something that is exciting and fun”.