A POLICEMAN has been rewarded for 20 years of loyal service and good conduct.
PC Adam Ploszczanski, 46, joined Leicestershire Police as an officer in training in Rutland and after a few adventures in Leicester he is now a local policing officer based in Oakham.
As part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations this year Chief Constable Simon Cole and the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer, Lady Gretton, awarded police officers with a jubilee medal and PC Ploszczanski was chosen as a recipient.
He said: “It’s quite an achievement and it doesn’t feel like 20 years since I joined.”
During his career he has had a gun pointed at him twice in incidents in Leicester and both resulted in Chief Constable’s Commendations but PC Ploszczanski still says life in rural Rutland is harder than in the city.
He said: “In Leicester you’re very much a uniform and are part of a bigger team. There are more officers.”
In 2001, PC Ploszczanski became the Uppingham beat bobby where he worked for nine years.
He said: “The highlight of my career was definitely being a beat officer in Uppingham. You are a name and a face there and although it’s harder work it’s a good job.
“Policing rural areas is the most fun I have had but it can be demanding.”
PC Ploszczanski, who lives in Rutland, says it is great working close to home.
He added: “There were a few officers at the presentation who I joined up with and hadn’t seen for 20 years!
“I have always worked in the east of the county. It’s a great area to work in.”