The promotion of ‘Britain’s sexiest cop’ has sparked a flurry of flirtatious requests.
When Jim Colwell was made Devon base commander and promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2016, a Facebook post by Devon and Cornwall Police attracted 785 messages.
Now he has secured another top position and the force’s congratulatory announcement has reignited people’s interest, Devon Live reports.
In 2016, JoAnn Brumbaugh wrote: ” I shall be traveling to Devon, I shall commit a minor crime as soon as I see this fine looking man.”
Others asked for a night in the cells with “Britain’s sexiest cop”.
Zoe Montgomery posted: “All of a sudden I’m feeling very naughty.”
Lisa Wood wrote: “Appears there might be a spike in criminal women activity in the area.”
Melanie Best commented: “Flipping ‘eck, I could well be arrested for handling his swollen goods.”
Michelle Norish asked her friend Louise Metters “fancy getting arrested at the weekend with me?” while Lisa Stephens retorted: “Can I join too?”
Others volunteered to be arrested, like Gemma Nicholls who wrote: “He can use his handcuffs on me any day.”
Some even came up with elaborate ploys to encounter the senior officer, such as Rachel Talbot who wrote to her friend Louise Brockley: “Ok here’s the plan. I’m going pretend to kidnap you and drive you all the way down here and I won’t stop driving until Mr Cutie comes and arrests me.”
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said they were aware of the comments on the force’s Facebook page.
Anne Holder said: “I’ve just committed a heinous crime I need to be arrested and put in a cell with him for the night.”
Hundreds more posts were removed, and the post became global news reported by media across the world – with headlines including ‘Hunk and Disorderly’.
Now Chief Supt Colwell has been promoted to Assistant Chief Constable for Devon and Cornwall.
He will take up the new position in July after stiff competition and completing a strategic command course.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “Following a strong selection process, I’m proud to welcome Ch Supt Colwell to become assistant chief constable.
“Jim has policed across Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth throughout his career so brings exceptional experience to my command team and the wider communities of the region.”
Chief Supt Colwell tweeted: “18 years ago to the day I joined Devon and Cornwall Constabulary. Yesterday I was humbled to be offered a permanent role as an Assistant Chief Constable. My mum, if she were still with us, would have smiled about that. God bless you mum, this one’s for you.”
His tweet attracted more than 130 comments.