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Dorset's Police Divisional Superintendent Mick Rogers

PUBLISHED: 16:10 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:35 20 February 2013

Dorset's Police Divisional Superintendent Mick Rogers

Dorset's Police Divisional Superintendent Mick Rogers

Police Divisional Superintendent Mick Rogers, of Bournemouth and Poole Division, tells us about fulfilling his dreams and following in the paddle strokes of the Cockleshell Heroes

Police Divisional Superintendent Mick Rogers, of Bournemouth and Poole Division, tells us about fulfilling his dreams and following in the paddle strokes of the Cockleshell Heroes

Where did you grow up and what was your earliest childhood memory?
I grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire. My mother is Swiss, so we often visited her relatives in Switzerland during the summer. On one such occasion, her brother thought that it would be amusing to place me on the back of a cow as we walked through some pasture. The cow charged off downhill with me on its back, and I landed head-first in something brown, warm and circular!

Was joining the police the realisation of a long-held dream?
As such, it was the realisation of two years trying to join. Failed applications to the Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police made me more determined. Finally, Hertfordshire accepted me, but only after I virtually pleaded with them!

What was your first day on the beat like?
Memorable! My tutor Constable sent me out into Watford town centre. Within an hour, I had arrested someone for failing to adhere to a Pedlars Certificate. A large crowd gathered around me and I had to ask for assistance.

What gave you the greatest sense of achievement?
When I was a Detective Sergeant in Watford I had to investigate someone placing pins and needles into food products at a local supermarket. After a painstaking investigation over six months, and after twelve reports of individuals finding pins or needles in their mouths, the offender was caught red-handed placing pins into bread rolls and a conviction secured.

How did you end up in Dorset?
I joined Dorset Police in 2001. I had done my A levels at Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne Minster so I knew the area well and had no hesitation in moving back down here. The quality of life for our family in Dorset remains unbeatable.

What would be a typical day for you at work?
I get into work at about 7am and spend 30 minutes in the gym doing bike work or some weights. I shower, have a bowl of porridge in the office, then catch up with the Divisional Inspectors with regard to what has happened overnight. I chair the Daily Management Meeting and decide our priorities for the next 24 hours; this is followed by Partnership meetings. I leave work at 6pm, have tea with my wife and daughters, then catch up on projects and e-mails at Wimborne Police Station.

What do you do in your time off?
I spend it either with my family or on sporting activities. I am a very keen kayaker and cyclist. Some of our night paddles in Poole Harbour have been unbelievable in terms of their quietness and beauty. I also involve myself in as many cycle rides and long-distance walks as I can.

What has been your greatest achievement?
With 20 colleagues from Dorset Police we recently re-enacted the Cockleshell Heroes Second World War expedition by kayaking 70 miles up the Gironde River in South West France. Then, with a colleague, walked the 103-mile escape route from Blaye to Ruffec in three and a half days.

So are the rest of the family as active as you?
Yes. My wife is a very good windsurfer, my eldest daughter plays tennis, hockey and trampolines, whilst my youngest is the Dorset 50-metre hurdle champion in her age group, a good swimmer and cross-country runner. Our dream holidays are those which involve two weeks of watersports and cycling in a hot climate.

What would you like to achieve this year?
Another cycle trip during the summer, possibly through France. I also want to get some dates in the diary for 2011 and 2012; one would be to re-enact the Telemark Norwegian skiing expedition of the Second World War and, secondly, to complete the TransAm a 4,652-mile west to east coast US cycle-ride.

How would you like to be remembered?
He packed it in and didnt live with regrets!

To discover more about Micks fundraising treks just click here

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