Britain’s most prolific police officer quits force after frontline work left him with PTSD

Britain’s most prolific police officer has quit his job after frontline work left him “so badly broken” with PTSD.

Sergeant Ali Livingstone gained Britain’s highest recorded arrest rate with 524 people held in the 12 months between April 2008 and March 2009 and was dubbed ‘Robocop’ and ‘Supercop’ by colleagues.

The average number of arrests by a police officer in one year at the time was just nine, according to a report by the Institute of Public Policy Research.

But the toll of an 18-year career which saw some 5,000 arrests became too much, and last year Sgt Livingstone suffered a mental breakdown.

Speaking to BBC radio Suffolk, the 36-year-old said: “I went from being the UK’s top arresting officer to being so troubled by what I’d seen and done in the line of duty that I’ve had to walk away from the very job that defined me.

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