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Surveillance Legend Retires
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June 2014 at 18:00
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Spamord Surveillance Unit (SSU) said goodbye to a legend in the world of covert policing with the retirement of John 'Big Job' Jenkinson who had been on the department since its formation twenty eight years ago.
While working as a response officer for his first two years, John attended numerous dangerous and violent incidents however none of his colleagues could actually remember seeing him there, and his reputation for blending in to the background became firmly established.
Although John remained a constable, new recruits to the surveillance department wrongly assumed that
he was a member of the management team as 'Big Job' was always telling them what they were doing wrong and he spent most of his spare time hanging around with senior officers.
'Big Job' was always the first to arrive back at base after an operation and let the management team know who was responsible for any mistakes that had been made during the day.
One covert officer, whose identity cannot be revealed said ' He was the master of disguise. With his pot belly and mullet haircut you would never think he was a copper. When it came to standing at a bus stop or in a phone box for hours on end, there was no one better than 'Big Job'.
Good wishes for a long retirement have also come from unexpected quarters. Major drug importer and local car dealer Kevin 'Razor' Barlow said,
'Big Job was one of the old school, a real gent. Whenever he was following me in my Range Rover I felt reassured as he always kept a safe distance.These days the National Crime Agency tend to follow me around and they are right up my arse. If I had to brake sharply there could be a nasty accident'.
DC Jenkinson's leaving function was held in a local pub, however due to his tremendous ability as a surveillance operative, it is not known whether he attended or not.
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