District Council Candidate for the Scotter & Blyton Ward
Bruce was born at RAF Akrotiri Cyprus in 1962. His father worked initally for the Air Ministry and then the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Due to his father’s work he travelled extensively as a child; living in The Middle East, the Far-East and Africa. At thirteen he came to live in England to attend boarding schools in Norfolk, where his family are from originally, and later in Cambridgeshire.
After leaving full time education he lived in South Africa before returning to the UK where he worked for the NHS as a Laboratory assistant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire. In 1984 he was employed as a logistics analyst with the Ministry of Defence attached to the United States Air Force at RAF Alconbury in Cambridgeshire. During that time he served for three years as a Special Constable with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. In 1985 he joined the Metropolitan Police where he trained at the Police College at Hendon and remained in the police until the completion of his thirty years’ service.
As a police officer in London he was employed initially as a beat and public order officer in Woolwich before becoming an intelligence officer with specific duties to investigate burglary across South East London. He became a recognised expert in the development of intelligence concerning burglars including those engaged in distraction burglary and in 1993 he was the primary analyst for ‘Operation Bumblebee’ the Metropolitan Police’s most successful anti burglary campaign. He continued in his role as an intelligence analyst working with Southwark Borough Council developing an embryonic information sharing protocol to reduce crime in Southwark Borough. In 2000 he received a commendation for his work in helping to set up the first Partnership Team to share sanitised crime information with a local authority.
In 2001 he moved to Scotland Yard as an intelligence officer tasked with investigating corruption a role he performed until his retirement. During this time he received a further commendation for his work in investigating serious corruption within the Metropolitan Police and other Government agencies.
After retiring Bruce was employed as a police civilian worker conducting intelligence checks for the Disclosure Barring Service which ended when he moved to Lincolnshire.
Bruce is married to Christine who has worked as an NHS nurse for over 35 years. His mother has recently moved to Lincolnshire to live with them.
Since moving to Morton Bruce has become actively involved in the local community joining the Parish Council and also acting as a Co-Opted School Governor at Morton Trentside Primary School. He finds both roles fulfilling and interesting and says that it has opened a window on the vibrant local community in this part of Lincolnshire.
Otherwise his time is taken up with renovating his home and its garden and looking after his two Yorkshire terriers; he is also interested in photography and art.
Bruce is keen to continue to employ his skills, knowledge and training that he has obtained throughout his working life to help make his local community a safer place to live in.
Bruce was elected to West Lindsey District Council following a by-election on Thursday, 27th July 2017.