Long-serving Grantham policeman retires after 30 years' service
A long-serving policeman who led the enquiry into the Lincoln Prison riot in 2002, has retired after 30 years of service.
Detective Superintendent Nigel Storey hung up his police hat on Sunday after three decades.
Despite starting his police career with Bedfordshire Police, Nigel quickly returned to his roots in Grantham to become a highly respected and much loved key figure in Lincolnshire Police.
Nigel was born in Grantham and went on to attend Huntingtower Primary and St Wulfram’s Secondary School. He recalls always wanting to be a policeman from a young age.
He said: “For as long as I remember I knew that I wanted to be a policeman. I had no back up plan as I didn’t want to do anything else, so when I didn’t get into the police cadets, I didn’t know what to do.”
Upon leaving school, Nigel completed an apprenticeship in roof slating and tiling with Grantham firm, Arthur Syddall & Sons, but he still had his heart set on joining the police.
As the years passed, Nigel met and married his wife Karen at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham, in 1983. The couple went on to have a son Gavin in 1986.
With a family to support, Nigel was even more determined not to give up on his police dream and applied for Lincolnshire Police but was unsuccessful.
Such was his determination, Nigel started to look at police forces elsewhere in the country and soon found himself on the waiting list for Northamptonshire Police.
But it wasn’t long before he was contacted by the force in Bedfordshire in 1988 who offered Nigel, who was then 25 years old, a job.
After completing his basic training, Nigel was posted to Luton with his family.
His daughter Hannah was born in 1989.
After three years, Nigel was transferred back to Lincolnshire, where he patrolled Grantham and Sleaford as a Response PC and as Detective Constable in the CID in 1993.
He added: “I was promoted to sergeant in 1997 where I worked as a patrol and custody sergeant before becoming a detective sergeant at Grantham.”
Over the next 11 years, Nigel went on to perform a variety of roles within Lincolnshire Police, which took him all over the county.
He left Grantham in 2007 to become detective inspector at Boston but returned in 2009 to perform the same role in town.
In 2010, he became the Neighbourhood Inspector for Grantham before being seconded to the East Midlands Collaboration Team in 2011 where he led a team of officers in delivering business cases for the creation of the Regional Major Crime, Serious Organised Crime and Intelligence Units.
He returned to the force on promotion to detective chief inspector at Boston having responsibility for the east of the county.
In 2012, Nigel was posted to Professional Standards at Police Headquarters and headed the Anti-Corruption Unit before becoming staff officer to the chief constable in 2014.
He became Deputy Head of the Public Protection Unit in 2016 and was responsible for managing teams across the county, including Grantham, involved in supporting vulnerable child and adult victims of sexual and violent abuse and investigating such offences.
He added: “I finally moved to my current role as detective superintendent, director of intelligence, where I have responsibility for authorising covert policing tactics across the county, managing teams involved in investigating serious and organised criminality, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking investigations, Cyber and Fraud Investigations and assessing and processing intelligence.”
Despite describing his most recent role as ‘perhaps the busiest role’ he has had throughout his policing career, Nigel, who still lives in Grantham, said that it was his ‘time to leave.’
He said: “The police role hasn’t changed but the public expectation of the police have become greater.
“Police are always first port of call especially with other services being cut, for example, we take a lot of calls regarding mental health.”
Despite this, Nigel revealed that Lincolnshire Police are “the lowest funded force in country especially considering the vast area we cover - we are almost penalised for being a safe county.
“We need to be able to always provide a service that we can realistically offer while keeping the public safe.”
Despite holding down some of the toughest roles within the police force, Nigel can only remember taking one week off due to illness when he contracted salmonella food poisoning in 1994.
He said: “I was renowned for never taking all of my leave and always carried days over. Wellbeing is now very important within the police force and looking back, I know that I should have taken more time off.”
However his dedication to the force meant that Nigel developed a good relationship with all of his colleagues, describing Lincolnshire Police as a ‘family force.’
This close knit bond became even more important when Nigel sadly lost his wife to cancer in 2014 just one week after the couple’s first grandchild Ethan was born.
Nigel said: “Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She endured radiotherapy and chemotherapy but it eventually spread to her liver and she passed away in September 2014.
“The police force and my colleagues were absolutely brilliant. They allowed me to have time off to sort things out. It was an extremely tough time but they supported me throughout it all.”
Despite having no immediate plans for the future, Nigel will shortly be taking a well deserved retirement trip to Australia.
He is also looking forward to spending more time with his children and two grandchildren, four-year-old Ethan and Alexis, one.
But not before his colleagues have given him a proper send off and ‘to make sure he goes’ at The Squash Club, Harlaxton Road, tonight (Friday).
Happy retirement Nigel!