Retired police to become handymen in Romford and Upminster

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 April 2015

The scheme is launching in Romford and Upminster. Picture: Alexio Ferrao

The scheme is launching in Romford and Upminster. Picture: Alexio Ferrao

After 30 years protecting their communities, retired police officers would be forgiven for putting their feet up.

But for those that can’t, a pioneering new service holds all the answers.

Trust In Blue recruits retired bobbies as handymen, carrying out home maintenance and gardening around the neighbourhood.

It is now set to launch in Romford and Upminster, and for Andy Rickett, a former Rainham officer, it has enabled him to keep on helping the community.

“Having recently retired after 30 years in the police service I was looking for a new challenge,” he said.

“Blue has given me the opportunity to continue helping the community in which I live and allow me to put my DIY skills to good use doing those odd jobs for people that often get put off or never done.”

The scheme aims to combat the “endemic problem” of cowboy builders and dodgy tradespeople, according to managing director Nick Orde-Powlett.

He hopes the company’s unique and rigorous selection process will bring security and peace of mind to people in Romford and Upminster.

“Our vetting process is second to none,” he said. “All of our handymen are friendly retired police officers with many years working in the local community under their belt – they understand peoples’ concerns and fears better than anyone else and they genuinely care.”

Client Margaret Rean was impressed with the service.

She said: “As a widow, it is nice to find a company with trustworthy people.

“Having people you don’t know into your house is a big worry for me and friends my age. It is a very worthwhile business.”

If you are interested in using the Romford or Upminster service, call the company on 0800 255 0255 or email

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If you would like to join the service, email

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