Scilly’s Police Sergeant To Leave Islands Early

Sergeant Charlie Craig

Scilly’s most senior Police officer, Sergeant Charlie Craig, is leaving.

He’s decided to give up his position two years into a three-year stint because his father is unwell and he wants to return to Devon to be closer to him.

Charlie says that’s the only factor in making his decision and says he doesn’t have a position to go to on the mainland at the moment. He added that the team were shocked when he told them this week but they’re very supportive of the reasons why.

He says Scilly has been a fantastic place to work and he’s enjoyed his time here.

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But he also told us it’s a challenging place to work with lots going on behind the scene that the public don’t see, admitting that, at times, it’s been ‘bloody awful’.

However, Charlie says he knew what he was taking on when he came here and he has found the job very fulfilling.

There is no word on who his successor will be or when they’ll be appointed as his direct boss is currently on leave. He’s offered to stay on until a replacement is found although his family will be moving back to the mainland over the summer.

Charlie says he’d like to liaise with applicants for the job, to explain what it’s like. Any applicants, he says, should have a wide range of experience and they’ll need to be a reasonable communicator and very motivated.