On Friday 11 February Swindon Commander, Chief Superintendent Paul Howlett, retired after thirty years with the Wiltshire Constabulary.
Paul – on the right, pictured with Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Brian Moore – started his career with Wiltshire Police in 1981 when he was stationed in Warminster. Since then, he has worked in numerous roles across the county including two periods as acting Assistant Chief Constable.
However, the majority of his career was spent in CID, serving at every rank, including Head of the Department. Some of the major investigations for which he assumed the role of the Senior Investigating Officer include: the murder of Amanda Edwards, the murders of Roy and Joan Clarke by their son and the reinvestigation into the death of Rachel Whitear.
For the last three years, Paul has been Commander of Swindon, where he also been involved in a range of partnership work including acting as Chair of the Safer and Stronger Executive Board and sitting on the Board of the Children’s Trust.
Paul said: “I have had a fantastic time in Wiltshire Police and had the privilege of working with a lot of talented people who are dedicated to protecting the communities that we serve.
"Whilst most of my career has been as a Detective within the CID, the last three years of my police service as Commander in Swindon have been special. On a daily basis I am continually impressed by the drive, determination and energy of the staff who are based at Gablecross and elsewhere in Swindon.
"There is a vibrant and ambitious Community Safety Partnership in Swindon, which has been an integral part of tackling and reducing crime in the town. I have been tremendously fortunate to have enjoyed a wide and varied police career and I will look back on my time with Wiltshire Police with great fondness, particularly colleagues within Wiltshire Police as well as partner agencies.”
Wiltshire’s Assistant Chief Constable, Patrick Geenty, said: “Chief Superintendent Paul Howlett spent most of his early service in CID and the Regional Crime Squad. He has been involved in some extremely difficult and high profile cases and has been a credit to Wiltshire Police. Paul has lead a number of serious crime investigations across the region and nationally.
"He has been an enthusiastic leader, involved in improving this area of the service for many years. More recently, as commander of policing in Swindon, Paul has undertaken work with regard to One Swindon which I am sure will continue. He has been a fine ambassador for Wiltshire Police. I thank him for his hard work and wish him the very best for the future.”