PC Karl Allman, an Airbus and Hawarden Airport community beat officer, joined the force in his mid-30s, having worked on a dairy farm for almost 20 years.
Now 55, he said the reason for his career change came following a want for a new challenge, with better pay and a pension.
Throughout his career, PC Allman worked as a response officer before becoming a dog handler for 10 years – working in explosives, drugs and firearms detection. He also worked for immigration crime and the air and coastal unit.
In 2013, after PC Allman’s dogs retired, he returned to response policing, before taking on his current role.
He said throughout his policing career, his age was never a barrier.
“In my early 30s, I got to know some police officers through playing rugby and the job really appealed to me,” he said.
“Having come from a farming background, some said it would be a massive career change – I never found it so myself.
“I didn’t consider age to be a barrier in the slightest and so far in my role, it never has been. Twenty-two years have now passed and I’m still here.
“If I can do it, anybody can.”
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