Former colleagues from police headquarters in Devizes have paid tribute to Ian Parry, who died in a car crash in Trinidad on Sunday.
Mr Parry, 47, was killed when his car crashed into traffic lights in the capital Port of Spain shortly before 1am on Sunday.
News of his death spread quickly. A former colleague in the tactical firearms department, Pete Bowerbank, said: "I had a phone call on Sunday night. It was a terrible shock. Ian and I worked together for 15 years."
Mr Bowerbank, of Avon Road, Devizes, a former inspector at the town's police station, added: "He was a fantastic bloke to have at your shoulder.
"He had a very happy disposition. I never saw him down. He was the kind of chap you could always rely on. The saddest thing about his death was he had just found his perfect life.
"He was so happy out there."
Mr Parry lived at Hankerton, near Malmesbury, before he moved to Trinidad where he had worked as a trainer attached to the island's anti-crime unit.
He spent three years on secondment there before being recalled to Wiltshire in August 2008.
In December 2008 he retired from Wiltshire police and moved back to Trinidad.
A keen rugby fan, Mr Parry was coaching the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
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