A Chief Constable has paid tribute to a “hugely respected” former officer who died after an assault on a canal towpath.
Retired officer Clive Porter, 63, from Tring served the Garston area in the 80s during his near 30-year career with Hertfordshire Constabulary.
He was tragically killed during an incident on the Grand Union Canal near Broughton, on the outskirts of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire on Monday April 26.
Chief Constable Charlie Hall paid tribute to the “inspirational” former police officer.
He said: “We were incredibly saddened to hear of the tragic passing of retired police officer Clive Porter, and our thoughts are with his family at this devastating time as they try to process an unimaginable loss.
“Clive served as a Police Constable in Hertfordshire Constabulary for nearly 30 years, between 1979 and 2008. He was a hugely respected and well-liked member of the team and was known for his calm nature and devotion to his family.
“The majority of his service was spent in the borough of Dacorum, on the community team – now known as the Safer Neighbourhood Team – with periods also spent on the intervention team and the crime desk respectively.
“In the final years of his career he was stationed in Tring on the Herts/Bucks border, where he was a familiar face around the town. It is abundantly clear that Clive led a life devoted to helping others and was – and still is – held in high regard by the communities he served.
“On Monday, thanks to the hard work of our colleagues in Thames Valley Police, a man was charged with Clive’s murder. We shall continue to support the investigation team in any way we can as the case progresses through the judicial system.
“Finally, we would like to publicly recognise Clive for his unwavering dedication to policing. He displayed all the qualities of a truly good police officer and he will be remembered as an inspiration to us all.
“Thank you, Clive.”
After retiring as a police officer, Clive had joined the Canal River Trust.
Chief Executive of the Canal River Trust, Richard Parry, said: “A devoted family man, Clive went quietly about his work diligently and conscientiously. You would rarely see Clive in one of our offices because he loved being outdoors and was passionate about the environment. The towpath was his natural workplace where he would be found, come rain or shine.
“Even if you didn’t know Clive, I imagine all of us will recognise the type of person he was. Reliable, steadfast, unassuming and entirely trustworthy. Doing his job with little fuss and with a calm, friendly manner.”