Retired Gloucester police commander gets 'elderly' role

A retired senior police officer has been appointed by Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to work specifically with older people.

Phil Sullivan, 65, will be the lead co-ordinator for the Older But Not Overlooked initiative.

He was previously divisional commander for Gloucestershire Police at Gloucester City and, later, at Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

PCC Martin Surl said the elderly were "sadly, often overlooked".

'In his heart'

He said: "One of my priorities... is to make sure the elderly in the community get a fair deal from policing and are looked after.

"[Mr Sullivan] has got a tremendous track record of supporting elderly people. He always has done, so it's right in his heart."

Since retiring, Mr Sullivan has been working in community safety as head of service at Stroud District Council and was chairman of a number of hate crime and domestic and sexual violence groups for Gloucestershire, Stroud and the Cotswolds.

He has been a member of the Adult and Child Protection Boards for Gloucestershire and has also served as chairman of Age Concern, Gloucester.

In addition, he was chairman of Help the Aged/Age Concern Gloucestershire and was instrumental in setting up this joint committee involving both organisations.

"I look forward to using my skills and experience to the benefit of our communities throughout the county," Mr Sullivan said.

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