Met Police officers bow out at London 2012 athletes’ parade

Two Metropolitan Police officers who started their careers in Tower Hamlets saw them end on a high at the London 2012 athletes’ parade on Monday.

Chief Superintendent Steve Wisbey and Chief Inspector Derek Caterer are both retiring after accumulating an incredible 65 years of service between them.

The pair both began their careers in Tower Hamlets more than 30 years ago. Steve specialised in policing large public events, and Derek became head of the Marin Policing Unit, overseeing operations including the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant earlier this year.

Ahead of their retirement, Commander Mick Johnson, Silver for the Olympic and Paralympic policing operation, revealed he asked staff to get involved with the parade.

He said: “It is a testament to both Steve and Derek that when I asked for volunteers their names were first on the list, even though it’s the end of their time in the Met. Both are fine examples of professional policing and will be sorely missed by all their colleagues and friends in the Met.”

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