But he wasn’t quite ready to put his feet up just yet and took on a staff role in the HR department at police headquarters – where he remained until his final shift for the force last week.
“People often see officers and staff as very separate but having worked on both sides I can certainly say, that although most staff are not on the frontline doing the do, everyone who works in policing are working for the same purpose – to help and protect the community. Many staff work hard behind the scene to ensure the officers and those staff who are the face of the force can be out delivering the fantastic service they do – both sides are so vitally important,” said Roman.
Alongside his countless career successes policing has also given Roman the opportunity to achieve some pretty impressive personal successes too.
After his brother passed away Roman decided to become part of a police running team who were training to run the 1996 London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan.
After raising an incredible £25,000 as a team but being slightly disappointed by his time, Roman had caught the running bug and decided to sign up to run the Berlin Marathon – the city his mum was born and raised.
After shaving an impressive hour off his finish time, Roman also found himself on German TV as one of only three people who ran the 26.2 miles in fancy dress. Naturally Roman’s outfit of choice was a police uniform.
During the next 10 years Roman went on to run another 18 marathons, raising thousands of pounds for charity – each time dressed in officer attire.