Sgt Colin Taylor has assured Islanders that he is fully committed to his police work, despite his recent publishing deal.

His book The Life of a Scilly Sergeant is to be released in June by Century, a division of Penguin Random House, while the Isles of Scilly Facebook page has more than 55,000 followers from around the world.


However, Colin insists that he does not take time out of policing to work on his other projects saying: "I am a police officer and I’m passionate about the job I do."


He said: "The Facebook page is something I do almost completely in my own time and I’ll stick to doing the book stuff in my own time too, never while on duty. I’m very strict about that because I need people to have confidence that I’m fully focussed on my job on Scilly. 


"The last words of the book were written in February - before the deadline as well. The publishers had an idea they wanted to get it out on 16th June, just ahead of Father’s Day, which was quite poignant for me as my father died two years ago on Father’s Day, so I definitely wanted to hit that deadline, but from a book perspective I don’t actually have much to do at all other than just get on with my job.”


In the last week there has been a report of boat theft which is yet to be resolved, although Colin acknowledges the support of people coming forward with information and evidence that has led to five suspects being tracked down and interviewed and is confident of a resolution. 


"We are also updating our training," he added. "In fact I have just returned from domestic abuse training which I then tacked on to the Porthleven Literature Festival, but my actual reason for going across was to do more training. We’ve also got the World Pilot Gig Championships this weekend which is one of our busiest weekends of the year.

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