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A retiring police officer involved in over 70 murder enquiries has been commended at the annual Nottinghamshire police force Awards.

East Midlands Special Operations Units (EMSOU) investigator Pauline Austin was presented with a 50 years’ service certificate last night ahead of her retirement next month.

Pauline has been involved in numerous high-profile cases during her time including the murder of teenager Collette Aram in 1983 as a family liaison officer.

Pauline said: “I feel very privileged at having been able to spent the last 50 years working in the police force and seeing the many changes that have come along, mostly for the better.”

The case was featured on the first episode of Crimewatch where she was seen to be interviewed with Collette’s mum.

She joined the force in 1968 as a Cadet and on her 19th birthday was sworn in as a Constable and worked from the Central Police Station before moving to Canning Circus Police Station were she served for 13 years.

Pauline served 40 years as a police officer and then retired but continuing to work on the Major Crime Unit as a CCTV investigator.

She said: “I will no doubt miss it to a degree when I retire, especially the camaraderie and team spirit of my colleagues.

“However, I look at it as a new challenge with many new adventures ahead.”