Saturday 29 October 2022

Death of a Retired Police Officer: Superintendent David Edward Cromarty

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of retired Police Officer: Superintendent David Edward Cromarty, who died in the QE Hospital, Gateshead on Saturday 22nd October 2022, aged 83 years.

David joined Durham County Constabulary in 1962 and following his initial training at Newby Wiske was posted to Stockton.  His next posting was in 1964, as a beat officer at Coxhoe before becoming a Cadet Training Instructor at Sedgefield Camp in 1968.  When the Police Headquarters at Aykley Heads was opened, he continued in Cadet Training at the purpose-built cadet training school.  He remained in cadet training until 1973, being promoted to Sergeant in 1971.

When he moved from cadet training, David performed Sergeant duties at a number of Sections within the Chester-le-Street division.

In 1978 he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and was posted to Bishop Auckland, followed by a move to the Traffic Department.  Between 1982-1984 he was a Recruitment Officer at Police HQ and when promoted to Chief Inspector in 1984 he worked in Durham City and Force Control Room.

David transferred from Durham to Bedfordshire Police in 1988, where he was promoted to Superintendent.  In 1991, he sustained a shoulder injury whilst tackling an offender who was causing damage to a Section Office.  He retired later that year after 29 ½ years’ service.

David is survived by his wife Maureen, son David (retired Ch Insp) and daughter Suzy (who resides in New Zealand), their partners Clare and Mick and their children and grandchildren.

A funeral service will take place at 11.00am Friday 11th November 2022 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to Myeloma Cancer Research.

Our thoughts are with Maureen’s family and their friends at this sad time.

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