From the heights of meeting Boris Johnson to the depths of the salt mines, there’s never been a dull moment in the life of Peter Hampson.

Now retired PC Peter is going for “gold” as he celebrates 50 years of continuous Police service. Peter, now volunteer manager with the Museum of Policing in Cheshire, reaches the landmark in September. And it’s been a roller-coaster ride for the man who is still known as “PC Pete” throughout the communities of Warrington.

“It’s been a great time working with fantastic colleagues and the public throughout Cheshire,” said Peter.

“And now at the museum we can introduce people to the history of policing and some of the amazing work. Our excellent team of volunteers help bring history to life.”

Peter joined the service in September 1972 aged 16 as a cadet with the old Lancashire Constabulary, before it amalgamated with Cheshire Constabulary in April 1974.

In November 1974 he was appointed a Police Constable. After 10 weeks training at Bruche college, he served as a constable for 30 years.

For eight years he was area constable for Fairfield and Howley doing foot and panda patrols. He also served in the Crime Prevention team, Search team and was a valuable member of the Police Support Unit helping maintain public order in the town and other parts of the country.

His final role as a police officer was as Force Archivist, setting up the system currently used today for the archiving of all Homicide and Major Crime files and exhibits.

After retiring as an officer in November 2004, he became police staff archivist, for the whole of Cheshire until retirement in 2017.

Archives needed to be preserved and stored safely, so they were located in the depths of the salt mines in Winsford.

Peter said: “I needed to be able to access the information quickly, so did mines safety training. I had my own miner’s helmet and lamp so that I could go into the mines independently.”

A memorable day for Peter was in January 2016 when he rescued a young female who was going to jump from the footbridge over the M62 at Junction 9. He grabbed the woman and pulled her to safety.

For this action he received a commendation from the Chief Constable and a Certificate from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Human Society.

From 2004 Peter has volunteered at the museum and is now manager. He helped set up the museum with retired PC Peter Wroe.

“Every day is exciting,” said Peter. But last year we had a surprise visit from Prime Minister Boris Johnson which has to be one of the highlights.

“We gave him a tour of the museum and then sat down for a cuppa. He really enjoyed the trip and it was great to meet him.”