As a forces child Colin received a decent and varied education in Scotland, England and the US but poor careers advice. On leaving Leicester Polytechnic in the late 80’s, with sufficient qualification to be a Lab Technician, he never put on a lab coat again and instead continued the abroad theme, spending more than his fare share of time moving to islands and remote places as a Conservation Biologist. In this role he has been sucked dry by mosquitoes and other pest species in Mauritius, Seychelles, Rodrigues and Madagascar and biological survey expeditions in South America and Northern Europe. He is proud to cite Gerrald Durrell as his first proper employer and Sir Christopher Cadbury as his second. Fed up with mosquitoes he returned to the UK, and after working for Oxfam became a police officer with Devon and Cornwall Police. He is currently the police sergeant for the Isles of Scilly.
He has been one of the very first Police Officers to adopt social media as a platform to communicate directly with humans and writes the acclaimed and popular Isles of Scilly Police Facebook site with over 55 thousands followers. The Guardian have had cause to question whether this is possibly the “Best Facebook page ever” and Buzzfeed to list the 16 times the “IOSPD page killed it on social media” His writing is regularly cited in the industry as an excellent example of marketing engagement.
Supported by Tim Bates of PFD following a Sunday Times Magazine article about him and his writing, he has written his first book, a warm and humorous account of his time as a police officer on Scilly “The Life of the Scilly Sergeant” which is to be published in June 2016 by Century, Penguin Random House.
He has never given out a speeding ticket in his 21 years police service as he spent much of his career as a Detective or on Scilly where breaking speed restrictions is virtually impossible. He can demonstrate 18 useful things to do with a coconut.
@rockanroldie My bit was done by last week. Other stories from now on.
@sgt_clare1734 You shouldn't leave your ground floor windows open then. I'll drink up and leave pronto.
@sgt_clare1734 That's annoying isn't it? Just shout at me next time and I'll move out of the way.
THE LIFE OF A SCILLY SERGEANT — Buy it here
‘Policing is like this everywhere but not everywhere is Scilly’
Meet Sergeant Colin Taylor, he has been a valuable member of the police force for over twenty years, five of which have been spent policing the ‘quiet’ Isles of Scilly, a group of islands off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula.
Colin has made it his purpose to keep the streets of Scilly free anchor thieves, goldfish abductors and other culprits, some drunken, intent on breaking the law. This book is the first hand account of how he did it.
Coupled with his increasingly popular ‘Isle of Scilly Police Force’ Facebook page, this book charts the day to day trials and tribulations of a small-island police officer, told in a perfectly humorous and affectionate way. This book is a fantastic read.
“Enchantingly dotty.” (Daily Mail)
“Set to be [a] big hit.” (Guardian)
PUBLICATION DATE: 16 Jun. 2016