A BARROW cop who has worked with more than 1,000 young people is hanging up his hat after almost 30 years.

PC Mike Brown is officially leaving his post after 27 years of serving the local community.

The 55-year-old said he would ‘greatly miss’ the role which has enabled him to work with thousands of young people across the area.

He said: “I worked for 15 years as a school liaison officer which was a hugely rewarding and challenging role. This involved many different responsibilities, including working with young people on the cusp of criminality, as well as giving talks for those interested in a career in the force.

“It was a wide and varied role which allowed me to work directly with young people.”

Mr Brown said his most rewarding aspect of his job is the legacy he has left behind.

“It feels so rewarding when people come up to you saying they remember you coming into their school a decade go," he said.

“It’s sort of the legacy I’m leaving behind which I’m very proud of.”

Mr Brown hopes to work with young people in the community on a part-time basis in the future.

Rob O’Connor, temporary chief superintendent, said Mr Brown has had a ‘significant positive impact’ on young people’s lives.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Mike for many years, and have seen first-hand the impact he has had on our local communities,” he said.

“Mike can be really proud of his legacy in relation to all the work he has completed with local schools, ensuring young people learned life skills for the future.”