AN OFFICER who started out at a Rotherham station before becoming known as “TV Tim” for his Traffic Cops appearances is retiring.
Tim Scothern joined South Yorkshire Police in 1992, was based at Dinnington after completing his training and spent nearly three decades with the force.
It was while working as a traffic officer with the operational support unit that Tim starred in police programmes on BBC1 and Channel 5 between 2002 and 2012.
Colleagues have paid tribute to Tim, whose retirement plans include working in the motorsport industry.
Roads policing inspector Craig Clifton said: “Tim has been an icon to roads policing for decades and will be a sad loss to the team.
“Even in his last days with the force, he has fought to stay on the streets, getting directly involved with pursuit management and supporting the roads policing function with fantastic intelligence products.
“Only a couple of weeks ago, Tim and I were sat with a stolen car when some of his fans came out for his autograph!”
PC Angela Selous added: “I have worked with Tim for about 15 years and he has been one of my best friends in the job.
“He has always been someone that I can be totally honest with about everything, even when we have had our arguments, he quite likes listening to girly chat, so he used to cop for the lot from me!”
Det Sgt Gareth Bryant said it was quite surreal to become Tim’s supervisor 18 months ago as he had watched him on TV.
He added: “It is without a doubt watching police officers like Tim that inspired me to become one myself.
“Even with the countdown to his retirement fast approaching he did not take his foot off the gas.”