The Assistant Chief Constable responsible for security at Anmer Hall quit her job yesterday – essentially working for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – saying that her values no longer fit with those of her employer.
Sarah Hamlin made the announcement of her departure on Twitter today, after 30 years of service to Norfolk Police.
Her role since 2014 was the collaborative lead for protective services in Norfolk and Suffolk. This meant overseeing the delivery of serious and organised crime, intelligence, major investigation, forensics and specialist operations along with criminal justice and Royal protection.
Hamlin’s team provided security at the Cambridge’s home of Anmer Hall, where William, Catherine, George and Charlotte regularly stay. The Queen’s Sandringham Estate also fell under her jurisdiction.
Earlier this year, warnings were issued about privacy at the estate, and last year a no-fly zone was enforced over and around the property.
To her 3,600 followers, Hamlin said: “After 30 years @NorfolkPolice I’ve resigned to the fact that my values no longer fit the org. I can’t make a difference, support front-line.”
“And so I wish colleagues & friends all the best. Let’s hope policing can recover & the officers & staff welfare is prioritised.”
“To clarify I am retiring! Looking forward to spending time with family and friends. Playing golf and kayaking.”
She joined the force aged 18, working her way up to the rank of detective.
After 30 years @NorfolkPolice I’ve resigned to the fact that my values no longer fit the org. I can’t make a difference, support frontline.
— Sarah Hamlin (@ACCSarahHamlin) 30 August 2016
In a formal statement released through her former employer, Hamlin said: “I’ve had a fantastic career and thoroughly enjoyed my 30 years with Norfolk constabulary and latterly in also working with the Suffolk constabulary.
“I have many fond memories and without doubt these are the best forces I could have wished to work with. I consider though that now is the right time for me to retire to spend more time with family and friends as I look to pursue my other dreams.”
The Norfolk force has had a £25 million budget trim in the last five years.