Retiring top cop to go on patrol in Skegness where his career started

Leiceester Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister. ANL-180219-082247001
Leiceester Deputy Chief Constable Roger Bannister. ANL-180219-082247001

A former Skegness police officer who rose through the ranks to Leicestershire Deputy Chief Constable is returning to where his career started ahead of his retirement.

Roger Bannister, who served in Lincolnshire between 1988 and 2013, will retire next month after completing 30 years service. He will be on uniformed patrol in Skegness tomorrow (Tuesday). He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Gainsborough and began work in retail management in London prior to joining the police and began his career as a uniformed officer at Skegness.

Roger said his early ambition was to join the traffic department and drive a Vauxhall Senator. “But this aspiration didn’t get very far as a result of an unfortunate incident involving a very sandy beach and a patrol car! But I thoroughly enjoyed my early days on the beat in Skegness, then in Stamford and then in Grantham,” he said.

Roger trained as a detective in CID and then transferred to Boston as a sergeant in 1995. Postings as a Detective Sergeant and Detective Inspector in Spalding, Boston and Grantham were soon to follow.

He said one of his proudest moments was whilst based at Spalding. “I helped lead a serious crime investigation in 1997 into a case involving a young schoolgirl who had been abducted from a Spalding street one afternoon after school and was then seriously sexually assaulted,” he said.

“The small team at the time did an excellent job with the local community, piecing together the various strands of evidence. I remember as though it were yesterday, arresting the offender - he probably realised his fate as he had been convicted of something similar before and he was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment.”

Moves to increasingly more senior roles followed over the following years, with Roger based at Lincoln and then at Police Headquarters. As a Senior Investigating Officer, Roger led a number of murder and suspicious death investigations in the county including the murder of Anita Anderson from Boston in 2006.

Roger was selected for the Strategic Command Course in 2011, graduated in 2012 and was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Protective Services in Lincolnshire. He transferred to Leicestershire in 2013 where he took responsibility for crime investigation and management.

He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in Leicestershire in 2015 and has held national and regional responsibilities for aspects of covert policing, hostage crisis negotiation, the Prevent Programme and counter terrorism. He has also assisted the College of Policing as a senior assessor in helping select future chief officers from across the UK.

Roger, 49, will continue to live in the Grantham area with his wife Emma and with their twin sons following his retirement.

He said: “I have absolutely loved my time in policing and have been fortunate to have experienced a very broad range of things in two quite different police forces. The great majority of my service has been around here in Lincolnshire and I have met some great people in and outside the force. In retirement I have no doubt that my ten-year-old boys will keep me busy - we enjoy skiing, tennis, sailing and swimming, which often go together!”

Roger is also an active school governor and also enjoys mountaineering, an interest which has taken him to Scotland, the Alps, Dolomites and the Himalayas.