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“Thief taker" Coventry cop commended for arrest record

A Coventry cop who’s made almost 300 arrests in the last four years - and praised for “getting under the skin of criminals" - has been commended at an awards ceremony. 

PC Dave Hoadley has a near photographic memory for crime suspects and a knack for spotting crooks on Coventry’s streets. 

Dave Hoadley

Since joining Coventry Police’s Neighbourhood Taskforce in 2015 - a unit that targets priority offenders and emerging crime patterns - PC Hoadley has arrested 294 crime suspects, including 64 so far this year. 

Many of his impressive tally are street stops of suspects whose face he’s memorised from CCTV at crime scenes or wanted images on police briefing systems. 

Earlier this year the 44-year-old arrested a man at a bus stop who was wanted for three violent offences…having remembered his face from an encounter three years ago! 

Dave’s contribution to policing in the city will be recognised on Monday (2 Dec) at the Coventry Police Awards being held at St Mary’s Guild Hall. 

He said: “It’s flattering to be nominated for an award but the success we’ve had really is a team effort. I just seem to have an eye for faces: I will see someone on our police systems, retain that image in my head and spot the person days, weeks or even months later. 

“It’s a handy skill to have as a police officer and it’s helped us catch people who are wanted for nasty offences like robbery, violent assaults and burglary." 

And Coventry Police Superintendent Phil Healy, added: “David was once referred to in court as being the officer that ‘knows everyone in Coventry’. 

“Colleagues tell me his work ethic is second to none; he’s always looking out for targets, wanted people or suspicious behaviour. He’s a natural thief taker and gets under the skin of criminals. He inspires other officers and his tenacity and knowledge are being passed down to our new PC recruits. 

“He is one of hundreds of officers across the city who arrive at work every day - or night - with two aims: to catch criminals and protect the public. 

“Their contribution will be celebrated at our awards event where PC Hoadley will be commended along other outstanding colleagues." 

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