Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 136 George Henry Aitchison

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 136 George Henry Aitchison. Who died on the 11th September 2017, he was aged 94 years.
Mr Aitchison does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 26th September 2017 at 11.30am at St Mary's Church, Chester. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Hospice of the good shepherd.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1391 Basil Burton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 1391 Basil Burton, who died on the 30th August 2017. He was aged 81 years.
Basil leaves a widow Judith and two sons Timothy and Andrew.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 13th September 2017 at 11.15am at Darlington Crematorium, the funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association (PSP)
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector 309 Thomas Charles Tipler

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Chief Inspector 309 Thomas Charles Tipler, who passed away on the 22nd August 2017. He was aged 86 years.
He does not leave a partner but leaves a daughter Lynda.
Thomas retired from Durham Constabulary in 1985
The funeral service will be taking place on the 8th September 2017 at 1.45pm at Portholme Church, Selby. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cystic Fibrosis Trust or to the Alzheimer's Society.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW 520 Karen Pigford (Nicholson)

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PW 520 Karen Pigford (Nicholson), who passed away on the 15th August 2017.
She was aged 66 years.
She does not leave a partner.
Karen served with Durham Constabulary from Sept 1967(Police Cadet) and then as a PW from 1969 until she left Durham Constaublary in 1979, in that time she was a Police Cadet as well as a Police instructor at the cadet school.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 5th September 2017 at 1pm at Durham Crematorium, the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 319 John Dryden Kendrew

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 319 John Dryden Kendrew,  who died on the 7th August 2017, he was aged 91 years.
He does not leave a widow but a son David.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 21st August at 11.30am at St.Andrews Church, Roker. The service is not private.
The family have now advised that donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Informal Traffic Reunion – TONIGHT (Wed 9th Aug)

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.Following on from the two successful reunion events earlier in the year we are now going for an evening meet at 6.30pm, Wednesday 9th August and hopefully capture the ex colleagues who were unable to attend in the past.
It's going to be at the same venue as the last time, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington (thanks to Ian Hirst for making the place available for us.)
Can I ask that you spread the word to any ex colleagues you are in touch with so we can renew friendships and have a good chinwag about times past. 

Look forward to seeing you there - hope you can make it.
Regards
Jim

Spectrum Leisure Complex
Hunwick Lane
Willington
Co Durham
DL15 0JA

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Last chance to see the White Helmets (Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team)

White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017  at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham… TOMORROW (Sunday 23rd July)

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Rain or shine the team will be performing so come along and cheer them on and see one one the final performances of this historic armed forces display team.

Entry to BikeWise 2017 is £2 for adults & children under 16 are free.

For further details of PARKING etc… please visit www.bikewise.org.uk

Friday, 14 July 2017

Durham Constabulary is recruiting 80 new officers

20045299_1370934219651858_792576328422790648_oDo you have what it takes to join the best police force in the country?
Durham Constabulary is recruiting 80 new officers and you could be just the person we are looking for.
Due to a glitch on the website, it did say applications had closed – but we can assure you this is not the case.
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 28, or when 1,000 applications are received.
You can apply here: www.durham.police.uk/Join-us/Pages/Recruitment.aspx
Completed applications can be returned to the HQ in Aykley Heads – but if delivering in person please note that the front desk is only open from 7.45am to 5.30pm – and we will not be able to receive them outside of these hours.
Good luck!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 371 Ian McGregor Mackay

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 371 Ian McGregor Mackay, who died on the 26th June 2017. He was aged 67 years.
Mr Mackay joined Durham Constabulary on the 3rd August 1970 and he retired as a Station Enquiry Officer at Peterlee on the 2nd August 2000
He leaves a widow Eileen.
The funeral service will be taking place on Friday the 14th July 2017 at 12.00pm, the service will be taking place at Elvet Methodist Church, Durham. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Police Treatment Centre C/o Seaton Leng & Son Ltd, 59a Bondgate, Darlington, DL3 7JR
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Leslie Newton

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Leslie Newton, who died on the 17th June 2017. He was aged 92 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a son Ian.
Mr Newton retired from Durham Constabulary on the 28th February 1974
The funeral service has taken place in Cyprus.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Traffic reunion : Wednesday 9th August

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.Following on from the two successful reunion events earlier in the year we are now going for an evening meet at 6.30pm, Wednesday 9th August and hopefully capture the ex colleagues who were unable to attend in the past.
It's going to be at the same venue as the last time, the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Willington (thanks to Ian Hirst for making the place available for us.)
Can I ask that you spread the word to any ex colleagues you are in touch with so we can renew friendships and have a good chinwag about times past. 

Look forward to seeing you there - hope you can make it.
Regards
Jim

Spectrum Leisure Complex
Hunwick Lane
Willington
Co Durham
DL15 0JA

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 270 Derek Sayers

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 270 Derek Sayers, who died on the 27th June 2017. He was aged 87 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves two sons.
Mr Sayers retired on the 22nd February 1989.
The funeral service will be not be private, however details have not been finalised yet.
The family will circulate the funeral details in the Northern Echo around the 19th or 20th July.

( Funeral details : 1pm Tuesday, 18th July, 2017, at Elm Ridge Methodist Church, Darlington. Private cremation. Reception Blackwell Grange)
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team – The White Helmets


White HelmetsThe Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team  will be appearing at BikeWise 2017…….

This will be one of their last appearances as shortly after they confirmed their attendance at BikeWise 2017 it was announced the team will be disbanded after this summers performances. 

This will be a unique opportunity to see the White Helmets who have been acknowledged as the oldest, best known and most accomplished motorcycle display team in the country, if not the world. 

Formed in 1927, this season marks the 90th anniversary of the Team performing displays of motorcycling skills and whilst horses gave way to motorcycles in the display in 1937, many of the tricks they perform today are similar to those of the original riders. Based on their iconic helmets the Team adopted the world famous name ‘The White Helmets’ in 1963.  This coveted and prestigious item is an honour to wear and marks the riders out as one of the few able to perform such acts of skill.

The Team’s 23 riders on classic 750cc Triumph Tiger machines provide a fast paced, action packed display.  Wearing the full dress uniform of the Royal Signals along with their famous White Helmets the riders will perform a combination of high speed crossovers, spectacular jumps, skilful feats of balance as well as numerous reverse rides.

The Royal Signals has come a long way since those formative days using motorcycles to carry messages across the battlefield and are now modernising their image to show they truly are ‘Leaders in a Digital Age’.  Whilst this is the last year of entertaining and thrilling crowds with their dazzling arena displays, the Team’s excited to be performing one final season; demonstrating the teamwork, discipline and courage of the Royal Signals soldier.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1849 Ralph Shaw

It is with regret that I we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1849 Ralph Shaw, who died on the 20th June 2017. He was aged 80 years.
He does not leave a widow.
The funeral service will be taking place on Friday 7th July 2017 at 2pm at Mountsett Crematorium at Dipton.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Parkinson UK.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1063 Osmund (Ossie) Outterside

It is with regret that we have announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1063 Osmund (Ossie) Outterside, who died on the 17th June 2017 in Bradbury House (Leonard Cheshire Home), Crook. He was aged 70 years.
Mr Outterside joined Durham Constabulary in September 1966 & initially served at Darlington, followed by Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Coundon Section and finally Barnard Castle from where he retired from in 1994.
He leaves a widow Marjorie and two sons, Mark and Stuart.
The funeral service will be taking place on Monday 26th June 2017 at 12pm at St. Wilfrid's RC Church, Hexham Street (off Etherley Lane), Bishop Auckland DL14 7PU, followed by cremation at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon Road, Bishop Auckland DL14 8PE the service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to Leonard Cheshire Disability.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1177 Albert John Franks

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1177 Albert John Franks, who died on the 18th June 2017. He was aged 81 years.
Mr Franks joined Durham Constabulary on the 24th January 1966, he served at HQ Training, Jarrow, Chester le street, he was initially in uniform before joining CID in 1974 and then from 1986 he joined HQ crime support unit. He retired from Durham Town section on the 25th June 1987.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a daughter Glenda.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 29th June 2017 at 11.15am at Saint John's Church, Birtley, which will then be followed by the cremation service at 12pm at Birtley Crematorium. This will then be followed by refreshments at Washington Cricket Club. The funeral service is not private.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the Bobby Robson Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW Gillian MILLER (nee Fullick)

It is with regret that we have to notify of the death of a retired Police Officer : PW Gillian MILLER (nee Fullick) aged 65 years, who died peacefully at Sunderland Royal Hospital following a short illness.
Gillian served with Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police between 1971 and 1978, stationed at Sunderland, Washington and Houghton-le-Spring.
She then spent 22 years working as a senior social worker for the elderly in Durham and Chester-le-Street.
Gillian is survived by her husband Colin Miller (Ret’d Sgt Northumbria) and much loved sons, Steven and Paul.
Funeral to be held at Sunderland Crematorium at 10.00am Monday 3rd July 2017.
Family flowers and any donations to Cancer Research UK.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Part time Gardening…. Darlington area

GardeningCan anyone help out with this one or know somebody who could ?

Hi
I have been given your details by my local Narpo secretary in Lancashire as I'm trying to help my mum and dad.
My parents live at Darlington and have been trying to get a local Gardner to come in and look after their garden, which is not a large area but they do like to keep it well.
However my dad and mum are both becoming frail with various joint issues and not able to do so now.
The problem they have had is that they have contacted a number of workmen who advertise in the Darlington area and they have all failed to turn up to see them.
Down here in the local area, the Narpo branch has a list of retired officers who have started various businesses and can be called on to undertake work and I wondered if you have something similar or know of a retired officer who would like to contact them to be paid to undertake the work.
As I mentioned before it is not a large area and would probably involve one day or so a week, but my parents would discuss and agree what needs to be undertaken.
Are you able to assist me, any help would be much appreciated and I would forward my parents contact details if you can.
Kind Regards
Kevin Hall (kevin.hall1@talk21.com)

Thank You…… (Re Margaret Dinning)

Thank you for Donations Margaret Dinning

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 865 John (Jack) Currie

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 865 John (Jack) Currie, who died on the 19th May 2017. He was aged 83 years.
He leaves a widow Betty.
Jack was appointed at Durham Constabulary on the 25th October 1954, he served at Chester le Street, Bishop Auckland, HQ CID Crime Patrols, motor patrols, the marine underwater search unit and Bishop Auckland.
He retired from West Auckland on the 31st October 1984.
The funeral service will be taking place on the 2nd June at Wear Valley Crematorium at Bishop Auckland at 11.00am. The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Air Ambulance.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Force “Family Fun Open Day”

Police HQA message from Stuart Ingram (Durham NARPO Branch Secretary) to NARPO members :

Force " Family Fun Open Day "
Good Morning to you all.
The above event is being held within the New Police HQ grounds on Saturday 10th June 2017 between 1-00pm and 4-00pm.
You are welcome to attend with friends and family BUT you must supply the names and addresses of those in your party to either Ray Jones or myself (Stuart Ingram).
This will enable tickets to be issued about a week before the event.
You will receive them in the post from HQ.

If you wish to attend please email : durhamnarpo@gmail.com & your details will be forwarded to Ray Jones & Stuart Ingram (Durham NARPO) who will make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2081 John Owen

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2081 John Owen, who died on the 7th May 2017. He was aged 68 years.
He leaves a widow Carol.
Mr Owen started with Durham Constabulary on the 27th November 1972 and he retired from the force on the 15th April 2004, his last posting with Durham Constabulary was as a Firearms Licensing Officer at Durham City.
The funeral service will be held on the 19th May 2017 at St. Bartholomew's Church, Croxdale at 2.45pm.
This will then be followed by the cremation at Durham for close friends and family only.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Stroke Association.
All welcome for refreshments at The Daleside Arms, Croxdale, afterwards
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 559 Joseph Michael Wood

It is with regret that we have to advise colleagues of the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 559 Joseph Michael Wood who died on 9th May 2017 aged 76 years.
Michael joined Durham Constabulary on 15th February 1960 and from HQ Training his first posting was to beat duty at Durham City.  In December 1962 he joined CID and worked in NECRO.  Remaining within the same department Michael undertook INDENTIKIT roles until November 1970 when he was seconded to No 2 RCIO.  In December 1972 he moved into Fraud Squad before being promoted to Sergeant in September 1980 when he was posted to HQ CID Administration.
From December 1982 he returned to Fraud Squad before moving into the HOLMES Unit in March 1987.  He retired from HOLMES on 15th January 1991.
Michael leaves a widow, Audrey, who has also served with Durham Constabulary.
Funeral service is to be held at 1pm on Thursday 25th May 2017 at the Methodist Church, High Street, Carrville.  The service is not private and friends and former colleagues are welcome meet at church.  The will be family flowers only and any donations in lieu of flowers are requested for Guide Dogs UK please.  A collection plate will be available in church.
Our thoughts are with Audrey, and Michael’s family and friends at this sad time.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Durham Peeler – Summer 2017

Durham Peeler - Summer 2017Durham Peeler editor Alan Watson has been keeping himself busy over the last few months to produce the Summer 2017 edition of the Durham Peeler.

To view this latest edition of the magazine online, please click on the image.

If you would like to view other editions of the Durham Peeler please Click Here

Hard copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Detective Sergeant 517 Bryan Clennell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Detective Sergeant 517 Bryan Clennell, who died on the 29th April 2017. He was aged 77 years.
Mr Clennell was appointed to Durham Constabulary on the 1st September 1971, he served at Stanley CID, Drug squad and then HQ Crime Support Unit before retiring on the 10th September 1993.
Mr Clennell does not leave a widow, but leaves two daughters and a son.
The funeral service is taking place on the 18th May 2017 at 12.30pm at St James Church, Burnopfield this will then be followed by the cremation service at Mount Sett Crematorium. The funeral service is not private.
Friends can meet up after the cremation service at Lintz Cricket Club, Burnopfield.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimers Society UK.

Traffic reunion Wednesday, 10th May at the Spectrum Leisure Centre,Willington

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.

Just a reminder that the next Traffic reunion will be on Wednesday, 10th May, 10:30am onwards, at the Spectrum Leisure Centre,Hunwick Lane, Willington DL15 0JA, where there will be exclusive use of a room with refreshments being available, thanks to Ian Hirst.
Hot food will be available at Spectrum Centre next week. Curry & Rice, Pasta bolognese, Pie, peas and chips etc as well as toasties, scones etc. 
Put this date in your diary and bring along any memorabilia (photos etc) to share.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 656 George Ronald Maxwell

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer, PC 656 George Ronald Maxwell, who died on the 1st May 2017. He was aged 84 years.
He leaves a widow Rita Maxwell.
George retired from Durham Constabulary in 1984.
The funeral service is taking place on the 10th May at 1pm at Saint Matthew's Church, Newbottle, Houghton-le-spring, the service is not private. This will then be followed by a private cremation service.
The family have requested donations in lieu of flowers to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW 48 Margaret Rose Dinning (nee Dawson)

Margaret DinningIt is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PW  48 Margaret Rose Dinning (nee Dawson), aged 81 years, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, 27th, April 2017.
Margaret, who was married to Chief Superintendent Raymond Dinning, (Rtd), joined the Durham Constabulary in  1st April 1957  and served in Durham City and Chester-le-Street Divisions, retiring on 27th April 1962  to have her first child.
However in retirement she retained her police involvement and was for many years the Chairman of the Chester-le-Street Police Ladies Club in addition to being the organiser of regular Chester-le-Street Divisional Charity Social Evenings in aid of The Freeman Hospital Cardiology Unit, and the Annual Children’s Christmas Parties.
She leaves her husband Raymond, Son Steven & his wife Jennifer and daughter Tracey and her partner Jo, together with her grandchildren Kirsty (partner Alex)   and Andrew
Funeral Service to be held at Chester-le-Street St Marys and St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Church Chare Chester-le-Street at 11.am. on Monday 15th, May 2017 followed by a private (Family Only) cremation.
Family Flowers only, donations in lieu, (if so desired) to Cardiology Care Unit Universities North Durham Hospital.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

The Herbert Protocol ?

26395_Herbert_Protocol_Poster_postableFollowing last nights BBC 1 documentary `Reported Missing` are you aware of the Herbert Protocol?

Do you care for, or are you the family or friend of an elderly or vulnerable adult who is at risk of going missing? The Herbert Protocol is a scheme which will see family, friends and care providers working together not only to prevent vulnerable adults going missing, but, also to improve responses for locating them if they do. Pre-planning is essential! When you sign up to The Herbert Protocol you will be contacted and issued with a standardised document that will be completed and then held with someone close to the person being registered, but where police can access it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should it be needed. This document will include information that, if needed, locate favourite places, routes to get there, regular bus routes, local shops, eateries etc. All of this information can be essential in cutting down the time an individual is missing and support police in their search.

To find out more or register for the scheme please contact 101 or email: Herbertprotocol@durham.pnn.police.uk

Monday, 24 April 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 64 Harry Lloyd

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer: Sgt 64 Harry Lloyd, who died on the 19th April 2017 aged 86 years.
Mr Lloyd retired from Durham Constabulary on the 18th July 1984.
The funeral service will take place on Wednesday 26th April at 2.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Horden followed by cremation at 3.30pm at Durham Crematorium, all wishing to attend are welcome.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to either Alice House Hospice or the Alzheimer's society.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 2339 Roger Foggin

Roger FogginIt is with regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 2339 Roger Foggin who died on Monday 10th April 2017, aged 70 years.
Roger joined Durham Constabulary on 2nd March 1970 and served at HQ Training, Spennymoor, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe CID, Crook/Willington, Chester-le-Street CID and Durham City.  He retired (medically) from HQ Control Room on 2nd July 1993.
He leaves a widow Elizabeth and son Matthew.
Funeral service is to be held at 2:15pm on Friday 21st April 2017 at St Pauls Church, Spennymoor.
The service is not private and friends and former colleagues are welcome meet at church. 
This service will be followed by cremation at Durham.  Family flowers only have been requested. 
Any donations in lieu of flowers (if so desired) to the Great North Air Ambulance please.
Our thoughts are with Roger’s friends and family at this sad time.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1473 Colin Roystyn Walker

Colin WalkerIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1473 Colin Roystyn Walker, who died on the 30th March 2017 aged 82yrs.
Colin served at various stations throughout the county including Seaham, Ferryhill & Spennymoor  retiring through ill health on the 22nd March 1984 after twenty one years service.
Colin was the much loved husband of Kathleen, & dearly loved dad of Neale, Angela and Andrew, loving brother, grandad and father-in-law.
Would relatives and friends please meet at St. Paul's Church, Spennymoor, Monday, April 10th, for a service at 2.15p.m., followed by committal at Durham Crematorium.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu to family's designated charities.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 10 March 2017

HQ Traffic–Informal Reunion

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.

When Jim Holmes & John Bell mooted the idea of an impromptu ex traffic reunion they had no idea how many would respond but thought it would be a deemed a success if maybe 10-12 former colleagues turned up for a coffee and a chat at the Tea Barn at Pity Me - something to build on.
Amazingly, 36 former colleagues walked through the doors and it was wonderful to renew old friendships and chew over old times.
All agreed it was something they should continue with so the next meet will be on Wednesday, 10th May at the Spectrum Leisure Centre,Hunwick Lane, Willington DL15 0JA, where there will be exclusive use of a room with refreshments being available, thanks to Ian Hirst.
Put this date in your diary and bring along any memorabilia (photos etc) to share.'

Attendees at the Tea Barn 9.3.17 :
Paul Hardman, Bill Lister, Mick Adamson, Dick Hunter, Jack Fidiam, Colin Appleby, Phil Hill, Colin Nixon, Dave Heath, Alan Watson, Alan Craig, Brian Jones, Dave Appleby, Dave Surtees, Ray Bradley, Malcolm Hall, Alan Flannery, Terry Ditchburn, Paul Nevin, Alan Hutchinson, Bob Gadd, Mick Kipling, Dave Hogg, Ian Knight, Jim Muter, Ian Hirst, Ray Jones, Bert Forrester, Tony Stainthorpe, John Snowball, Clive Brown, Trevor Trott, Brian Cummings, Bob Brown, John Bell, Jim Holmes.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt. 282 Frank Pickering

Frank PickeringIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Supt. 282 Frank Pickering, who died on the 27th February 2017.
He was aged 88 years.
Mr Pickering was a Sgt in cadet training in the early seventies & subsequently served at Seaham & Chester le Street, retiring from Durham Constabulary in 1986.
Mr Pickering does not leave a widow.
The funeral will be taking place on the 15th March 2017 at 11am at the Chapel at Ropery Lane Cemetery, Chester le Street. The service is not private.
Donations have been requested in lieu of flowers to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 9 Larcom Street, London, SE17 1RX

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

HQ Traffic - Informal reunion

Government Inspection Durham Constabulary H.Q. 1974 (Traffic Patrols North)Fred Purser; Norman Lee; Derek Sayers; Jack Blair; George Robson; ?; Ken Garbutt; John Curry; ? ; Ian Irwin; ?; Jack Fidiam;? ; ? ; Fred English; Norman Davison; Bill Bramfitt; Eric Brown; ?; Eddie Stangroom; Duncan Adamson; Gordon Balderstone; John Knaggs; Bill Sanderson; ?;  Chris Dryden; Trevor Morgan; Geoff Carlon; Kenny James; Ronnie Tarn; Dick Hunter.

For some time now John Bell (ex PC494) and Jim Holmes (ex Sgt 504) have been pondering over the idea of organising some sort of re-union for ex Traffic Officers - especially those who served in the Traffic Department between 1970 - 2000.
The Traffic Department came in many guises - Traffic North & South, HQ UOD, Motor Patrols Sections 1, 2 & 3, Traffic Operations etc - a rose by any other name for driving police vehicles!

In the first instance their will be an informal meeting on the second Thursday of each month initially at the Tea Barn Cafe at Pity Me Nursery (DH1 5DE) which is just off the roundabout at Pity Me on the A.167.
The idea being that people go there in the morning from 10.30am onwards, grab a coffee and see who turns up for a chinwag.
This will be done two or three times in the hope it will catch on.
Depending on interest  and numbers something can then be organised something more formally.

The first date for this informal re-union will be on Thursday 9th March at the Tea Barn Cafe, Pity Me.

If anyone wishes to contact Jim or John for further details please send an email to : durhamnarpo@gmail.com & we will forward you their contact details

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 393 Keith Arthur Gutteridge

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 393 Keith Arthur Gutteridge, who died on the 11th February 2017, he was aged 91 years.
He leaves a widow Eleanor and step-son Tony.
Keith joined Durham Constabulary on 31st May 1947. From HQ Training he was posted to Felling and went on to serve at Durham, Carrville, Witton Park, Shotton, Castle Eden, Hutton Henry then on to CID at both Castle Eden and Wingate.
In June 1969 he was promoted to Sgt and posted to Darlington and then moving back to Peterlee in 1970 he worked in Wingate section then on town section.
He was medically retired on the 24th September 1976
The funeral service is taking place on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 11am at St Saviour Church, Shotton Colliery, this will then be followed by the cremation service at 12.00pm at Durham Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the Alice House Hospice, Hartlepool.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a serving Police Officer : PC Gavin Smith

Gavin SmithDURHAM Constabulary is mourning the death of one of its officers, PC Gavin Smith.
Gav, who was part of the Police Interceptors team, died Wednesday, Feb 15th aged 34.
Gav had recently undergone treatment for cancer which had spread to his spine. He was treated in hospital and was then allowed to return home to Bishop Auckland and received an escort from his colleagues.
It was at home he sadly passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He leaves wife Kezi and daughter Tilly, four.
Kezi said: “I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support which has been overwhelming.
“It has been a real comfort to both me and Tilly that he was so well regarded by so many.
“We will both miss him so very much.”
Gav, who was originally from Whitley Bay, had been with Durham Constabulary for 12 years and worked with the Roads Policing Unit out of the Spennymoor station.
Colleagues had been fundraising to send him and his family away for a weekend. Sadly, that was not possible but proceeds will be passed on for them to use in whichever way they see fit.
Insp Ed Turner said: “Gav was extremely popular with colleagues and always had a smile on his face.
"He really was a glass half-full kind of guy and even right towards the end he was thinking about other people and about supporting his family.
“He will be sorely missed by all at the force.”
Our thoughts are with Gavin's family, friends & colleagues at this sad time

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : George Hardman

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer, George Hardman who died on the 8th February 2017. He was aged 95 years.
Mr Hardman leaves a daughter Edna
The funeral service will be held at Durham Crematorium on Friday the 17th February 2017 at 9am. The service is not private.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the North Air Ambulance Service.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Radio Mast from ‘old’ Police HQ on the move

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The Radio Mast at the ‘old’ Police Headquarters is about to make its move to the new site, leaving the site free for the developers to start building houses which are already built and occupied on the main car park opposite the entrance to the old HQ.

The size of the crane which will lift the mast down is certainly spectacular & it’s worth a visit down Aykley Heads drive to see the final chapter in our former place of work.

If you haven't already seen this one before please click on this link which will take you to the vaults of the British Film Institute where you can watch the mast being erected on site (Obviously before the health & safety regs – have a look at 3m20sec, where a man in his vest pushes the mast into place !!) : http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-radio-mast-for-police-headquarters-aykley-heads-durham-1968/

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tom Rounsley helps with family photos from the past

Many Thanks to retired Durham Sgt, Tom Rounsley who has sent an email with some more info re photographs that appears on the last page of the 2016 winter edition of the Durham Peeler titled Thornley Police Station.

TR3TR1The officer in the doorway is my great, great grandfather Sergeant 34 Thomas Sampson.
He started his police career in Plymouth transferring to Durham I believe in 1872.
He was promoted to sergeant in February 1882 and was stationed at Thornley until his retirement from the force in 1901.
The officer in the doorway is my great, great grandfather Sergeant 34 Thomas Sampson.
He started his police career in Plymouth transferring to Durham I believe in 1872.
He was promoted to sergeant in February 1882 and was stationed at Thornley until his retirement from the force in 1901.
The constable in the photo I believe to be a PC Cummings and the woman Annie Barker but I have no other information on them.

TR2 Sgt Samson's daughter married my great grandfather Police Constable 382 Samuel N Rounsley who I believe spent a lot of his service in the Spennymoor area.
He died not long before his retirement.
At that time any pension for the widow was at the discretion of the Chief Constable
The Chief Constables report on the 28th April 1919 reads - PC Samuel Rounsley No 382 died at Tudhoe on 28th February, 1919, after completing 25 years 282 days.
The maximum amount of gratuity which may be granted under section 2 (2) of the Police Act is £294  3s  4d.

My family then skipped two generations with Durham Constabulary before I joined in 1976 retiring in 2006
If I've got the technology right there should be attached three pics - the original from the peeler , a photocopy of a photocopy of  Sgt Sampson, the other is two pics of PC Rounsley one near the start of his service and the other towards the end.
I find the change in the uniforms interesting.

PS. keep up the good work - I moved to Worcester over 2 years ago to be nearer family so the NARPO web site with all it's information and publications are a real tonic.
Please pass on my regards to all the team.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

BikeWise 2017 : save the date….

Bikewise (It's On) Web Banner image 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant Thomas Arthur Scales

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant Thomas Arthur Scales, who died on 22nd January, 2017 at 82 years old.
Mr Scales leaves widow Cathleen Scales.
Mr Scales served until the 26th December, 1985.
The service will be held at Durham Crematorium on Wednesday 1st February, 2017 at 1.30pm.  This service is not private.
The family have requested family flowers only, however, donations if so desired can be made to the Macmillan Nurses.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Policing the Gala - Student requires help

roy-lambeth-durham-miners-galaI'm an undergraduate history student at Durham University and currently researching for my dissertation on the Miners' Gala. I'm looking for former policemen who have partaken in policing the Gala to interview, and so Durham Constabulary directed me towards NARPO. The perspective, memories and opinions of anyone who would be willing to be interviewed would be greatly appreciated.
If there is anyone who would be interested in being interviewed then feel free to contact me via this email address.

Regards,
Gabriella Matkin
gabbymatkin@hotmail.co.uK

State Pension top up – Less than 3 months left to apply

State Pension top up lets those who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 boost their State Pension income by up to an extra £25 per week in return for a lump sum contribution.

The extra amount is index linked, guaranteed for life and in most cases inheritable by a spouse or civil partner. The scheme is open for a limited period, until 5 April 2017.

For details visit www.gov.uk/statepensiontopup

Volunteer Drivers for St Cuthbert’s Hospice ?

St CuthbertsWe are looking to increase the number of volunteers at St Cuthbert’s Hospice and we are particularly struggling to recruit volunteer drivers at present and I wondered if this could be a role that members of NARPO may be interested in and if you would be able to assist with communicating our need to them please?
To give you some background about the Hospice, we provide expert care and support to adults in North Durham with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families and carers.  We are a registered charity and all of our care and support services are provided free of charge to patients, which is only possible because of community support.
There are two areas where drivers can volunteer :
 
Patient Drivers : support our Day Hospice by bringing guests from home to the Hospice and back again, either using their own cars or one of the Hospice’s vehicles.

Retail Drivers : support our retail operation, using the Hospice’s van to collect and deliver donated goods to our 9 retail outlets across County Durham. For the Retail role we have regular slots available (weekdays 9am-3.30pm) and are also looking for people who would be happy to be contacted on an ad hoc basis to cover volunteer absences.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to let me know. We have an Education Suite that we could offer as a venue for a meeting so that any interested members could visit the Hospice and find out more about us.
If this is something your members could help me with in any way, I would be very grateful.

Jude Smith
Volunteer Co-ordinator
St Cuthbert's Hospice
Park House Road
Durham
DH1 3QF
 
Direct Line: 0191 374 6169
Main Switchboard: 0191 386 1170
Email: jude.smith@stcuthbertshospice.com

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 299 William Ernest Newby

Bill NewbyIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 299 William Ernest Newby, who died on the 11th January 2017, he was aged 85 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a daughter Julie.
William Newby retired from Durham Constabulary on the 31st December 1987.
The funeral service is taking place on the 3rd February 2017 at 11.45am at All Saints Church, Newton Hall, Durham, this will then be followed by the cremation service at 1pm at Durham Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Eden House residence fund, Bishop Auckland, cheques are to be made payable to Helen McArdle Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Older Drivers…

Older DriversThis paper describes the licencing and medical fitness rules for drivers over the age of 70, and summarises recent Government statements on older drivers and the recommendations of the Older Drivers Task Force.

Driver licensing rules in the UK ultimately derive from the EU. It is as yet unclear what the impact of Brexit might be on driver licensing and testing: it seems likely that the UK would adopt a system compatible with that across the EU in order to retain the benefits of mutual recognition.

For at least the last ten years there have been stories in the media about possible changes to the licensing and/or testing requirements for older drivers. However, despite the speculation, there have been no recent changes to the requirements for older drivers.

Since the 2015 General Election the Government has published a road safety statement and a motoring services strategy, both of which referred to the need to support older drivers and ensure that they are safe. The independent Older Drivers Task Force reported in July 2016. The Government is currently considering its recommendations, which included:

  • the automatic requirement for drivers to notify the DVLA at age 70 of any medical condition that may affect safe driving should be raised to 75;
  • DVLA should require evidence of an eyesight test at age 75 and encourage vision checks every two years, particularly from age 60; and
  • the Government should support an evaluation of driving appraisal courses offered by the public sector and those in the private sector who wish to participate.

Information on associated matters involving driver licensing and fitness to drive can be found on the Roads Topical Page of the Parliament website.

Download the full report (pdf 236.25kb)

Federation Group Insurance Scheme

Durham Police FederationDurham Police Federation now have their own website which Has some great information on current policing issues.

One thing which most retired officers need to contact the Federation about is the Group Insurance scheme, our website now has a page Durham Federation (on the menu bar at the top of the homepage) which will take you through to links to the relevant documents you may need to download or view.

Many Thanks to the staff at the Federation office for supplying us with this information.

Durham Police Federation National Conference Report

Click to view Conference Special report

Please click on the image above to read/download a four page report from Durham Police Federation on the National Conference of 2016

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC Cecil COXON

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC Cecil COXON : born 07/11/45 who died on 4th January 2017 at home with his family.
Cecil joined Durham Constabulary in 1967 as PC841 & was initially posted to Darlington  before transferring to Durham City. He transferred to Cleveland Police in 1971 where he spent the rest of his career in CID & RCS.
He leaves behind wife Helen Coxon, son, serving Police Insp David COXON, daughter Suzanne Coxon and son Richard Coxon.  He also has 12 grandchildren.
The funeral service will take place at 1.00pm on Tuesday 17th January, 2017 at St Andrew’s Church, South Church, DL14 7JU. This will be followed by the committal at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham, DH1 3TQ at 2.00pm. Friends are welcome to attend either or both services.
The family have confirmed that they would request family flowers only, donations if so desired can be made to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 6 January 2017

AGM of Durham NARPO : Monday 9th January 2017

 AGM-2017
Date for your Diary…….
Monday 9th January at 1930hrs
The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive,PCC and Federation.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please try and see if you can attend, meet / vote for who you want on the committee and see the hard work they are doing throughout the year on your behalf
There is a bar at the premises & light refreshments are provided
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE
 

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Monday, 2 January 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Robert (Bob) Lawson

Bob Lawson

It is with sadness that we announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Robert (Bob) Lawson who died on December 28th 2016 (1942-2016)
Bob was a career detective serving at Sunderland (Durham Constabulary until 74 amalgamation) and then with the RCS.
Bob was a loving husband to Elizebeth for 52 years, and father to Wendy and David.
His funeral will be held 12.30pm on Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 at Sunderland Crematorium followed by a reception at Ramside Hall.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Xmas

snowman12Yes it is that time of year already and our sixth Christmas of providing you with update information, topics and photographs.
We are delighted to let you know that our fame is certainly spreading, both on the web and in the Durham Peeler Magazine. We are now reaching Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, U.S.A., Chile, Israel and even British West Hartlepool! You will be delighted to know that we have now had more than 545,000 ‘hits’ on the web page’s and over 300 regular recipients of death notifications of serving and retired officers.

If you’d like to join the list, let us have your email details,brief service details and specific points of interest. It always pays to be informed. (send email to : durhamnarpo@gmail.com)

If you have recently retired on pension, why not take up membership of N.A.R.P.O. and receive the Durham Peeler Magazine (Twice/year), the National NARPO News magazine  (4 times/ year) Social Events, really competitive Insurance rates  and opportunity to attend the 6 bi-monthly meeting where you enjoy a great atmosphere, meet old friends and colleagues and keep up to date with things that affect your pension.

This year has seen a change of chairman as long standing chairman Alan Watson retired from the post at the Durham NARPO AGM in March (Although he still is very busy with ‘pen & paper’, preparing & publishing the Durham Peeler magazine). Vice Chairman Ray Jones took over Chairman.

To those who have sadly lost their loved ones this year we especially extend our deepest sympathy at this time of the year.
Here’s wishing you all a Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year,  may it be a prosperous, healthy and successful New Year.

NOTE :
Durham Branch Committee have recently agreed to move our AGM from March to January
(to align with H.Q. financial Year.)

Monday 9th January, 2017 7.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre (Annual General Meeting)
Monday 13th March, 2017 7.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Club
Monday 8th May, 2017 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club
Monday 10th July, 2017 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club
Monday 4th Sept., 2017 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club
Monday 13th Nov., 2017 7.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Club

Durham Indoor Bowling Club: Rylands Way, Pity Me, Durham. DL14 6TZ Tel. No. 0191 3840700
Bishop Auckland Hospital Club: 32, Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland. DL14 6TZ Tel. 01388662336

Thursday, 15 December 2016

To quote Bob Dylan… ‘The Times They Are A Changin’

University-graduationAll new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level from 2020, the College of Policing has announced.
It said the training would help address changes in crime-fighting.
Prospective officers can either complete a three-year "degree apprenticeship", a postgraduate conversion course or a degree.
The National Police Chiefs' Council said the changes would "help modernise the service".
'Patrolling online'
The college's Chief Constable Alex Marshall said the feeling was the nature of police work has changed significantly and officers were just as likely to be "patrolling online" as on the street.
"Cyber-enabled crime has increased," he said, "So has the need for officers and staff to investigate and gather intelligence online and via information technology."
He also said protecting vulnerable people has become a "high priority", with officers now spending more of their time working to prevent domestic abuse, monitor high-risk sex offenders and protect at-risk children.
Even investigating a pub fight - which used to mean interviewing the victim, perpetrator and the bar staff - now also extends to researching videos, pictures and comments published online.
But retired police officer Norman Brennan, who served 31 years in London and now campaigns for police protection, said degrees came "at the bottom of the priority list" for police.
He said: "The only degree a police officer needs is a degree of common sense - they'll learn on the job.
"The public don't care about police having degrees. They want someone competent, caring and capable."
Policing degree: the changes

The College of Policing, which is responsible for setting standards of ethics and training for the police service, is in talks with 12 universities about running the degree courses.
The syllabus is likely to cover the law, safeguarding the vulnerable, understanding how an officer behaves on the street and how to build trust by interacting well with communities.
There will be three options at entry level:
A three-year police constable degree apprenticeship paid for by the force, allowing individuals to "earn while they learn" - spending 80% of their time on the frontline, and the rest completing their degree while receiving a salary
A practical policing degree, as seen in other professions, where the student would complete a three-year self-funded course and apply for a job once qualified
For graduates, a six-month postgraduate conversion course funded by the police
Other changes to be introduced include:
A national set of qualifications for officers following promotion, for example in skills such as management and leadership
A requirement for officers applying to be assistant chief constable or above to have a master's degree - to be paid for by their police force
The college plans to publish a directory of education qualifications for officers and staff next summer, with guidance as to how their on-the-job experience counts and what funding might be available to support them.
There are currently no standard recruitment requirements for officers across the 43 forces in England and Wales.
Some forces accept officers with Level 2 qualifications (A-C grade GCSEs), while others insist on Level 5 (diplomas or foundation degrees).
But Emma Williams, deputy director at the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research, said it was about formalising the training police already receive: "This is not about saying police are not already professionals. There's the assumption that police officers aren't academic but I'm not sure that's true."
Currently, 38% of those going into policing already have a degree or post-graduate qualification (Level 6).
Ms Williams, who is working with the College of Policing on the new qualifications, said the police would continue to provide practical training, while academics might focus on evidence-based policing and criminology.
The money for the apprenticeships, due to be introduced next year, is expected to come from a new 0.5% apprenticeship levy on all employers with a wage bill of more than £3m.
'Fair and right'
The announcement follows a two-month public consultation which received more than 3,000 responses, almost 80% of which were from police officers.
The majority were keen to gain accreditation for their existing skills, Mr Marshall said.
Police officers of all ranks account for 124,066 of the 200,922 people employed by police forces in England and Wales, official statistics show. Some 4,735 officers joined the forces last year, accounting for 4% of all officers.
The new qualification rules will not impact on current officers, unless they apply for a promotion to assistant chief constable or above.
Andy Fittes, general secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, welcomed the move to accredit qualifications to serving officers, and supported the idea of a framework that might standardise courses.
However he questioned the implementation of the training, given the "immense demands" being placed on the service.
Chief Constable Giles York, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for workforce, said the scheme would "improve our ability to attract and retain really good people"
He added that it was "fair and right" that officers receive the recognition and accreditation they deserve as professionals

Dishforth Police Training Centre, Yorkshire, 1967

Dishforth 1967

Dishforth Police Training Centre, Yorkshire, 1967.
Student Police officers from constabularies far and wide - from the top left -Steve Hargest (Gloscester)  J.D.Brooks (Leeds) Roger Fry (Bristol) Haymer (South Shields)  John Hodge (Northumberland)  Pete Collins (Lincolnshire)  Dave Carrington (West Riding Yorkshire)  Clifford (Durham County)  Paul Green (Durham County)  Harry Moore (Hull City)  J.S.Gorman (Middlesborough)  Elizabeth Baty ( Lincolnshire)  Doyle (Hull)  R. Hayward unreadable (West Rising Yorkshire) Pamela J. Rymer (West Riding Yorkshire)  Alice L Copthorne (West Riding Yorkshire)  Linda Steele ( Lincolnshire)  Elizabeth Beall (Sheffield and Rotherham,  Alan Cowie ( Newcastle City Police.
Many Thanks to Roger Fry (Bristol) for sharing this photo

A walk down memory lane

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A few of the vehicles used by Durham Constabulary over the years. To view more photos of ‘the past’ please visit the :

 ‘Those were the days’ photo album 

If you have any photos of Durham Constabulary that we could use on the website please drop us an email to : durhamnarpo@gmail.com

OFFBEAT : New constabulary electronic magazine

OFFBEAT 1Copperplate Light has now been replaced by a new electronic magazine named OFFBEAT.

First issue has just been issued and can be viewed by clicking on the image which will take you to where it is stored online.

You can then view the magazine fullscreen by clicking on the square, to the right of the + sign on the line below the magazine homepage.

To view old issues of Copperplate visit the Copperplate page : http://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/p/copperplate_17.html  on the Durham NARPO website

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1278 Joseph Hann

It is with regret that we have to notify you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1278 Joseph Hann who died on December 7th, aged 79 years.
Joseph Hann spent 2 years as a police cadet with Durham Constabulary from 30th November 1953 until 11th May 1955, before serving with the RAF for 2 years.
Joseph then joined Durham Constabulary on 17th June 1957 and from HQ training served at Durham, Consett, Eastgate, West Hartlepool, Hartlepool, Newbottle, Grasswell then in scientific aids at Consett. In March 1969 he moved into fingerprints where he remained until he was promoted to Sgt in NECRO then Durham CRO. In January 1984 he moved onto DCIB and was medically retired on 20th September 1984.
Joseph was the dearly loved husband of Anice and dearly loved father of Lesley, Stephen and Darren
Friends please meet for funeral service at St. Aidans Church, Framwellgate Moor on Thursday, December 22nd, at 2.15pm.
Flowers welcome, donations in lieu if desired to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Carol Service 2016

Carol Service

Any officers who were serving when HQ mast was erected in the late 1960s?

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Do you know any Durham Constabulary officers who were serving when our mast was erected in the late 1960s?
The communication tower, which is a listed structure, will soon make the short journey from its place at the old headquarters to our new HQ just along the road.
The mast was built and designed by Sir Ove Arup between 1965 and 1968. Arup was also responsible for the Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
We are keen to try and find some of former colleagues to invite them to our new HQ to watch the mast being moved.
Please email :  media@durham.pnn.police.uk

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW Marie Richardson

P1160348It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PW Marie Richardson, aged 90 years, who passed away very peacefully on Friday 9th December after a long illness.
Marie joined Durham Constabulary in 1950, working at Stockton, Hartlepool, Consett and Chester Le Street, and received six chief constables commendations for outstanding police work.
She was married to Inspector Derrick Richardson, and became one of the first police women in the UK to take maternity leave and return to full time police work.
Marie retired in 1963.
Marie and Derricks daughter, Julie Crick, retired from Durham Constabulary in 2010.
The celebration of Marie's life will be held at Durham Crematorium on Wednesday 21st December at 1pm.
All former colleagues are welcome to attend - family flowers only
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 12 December 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer / Civilian Support Staff : Sgt Ralph Atkinson

Ralph Atkinson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer / Civilian Support Staff : Sgt Ralph Atkinson who died on November 28th, in hospital,  aged 91 years.

Mr Atkinson's service details are not known but many will remember him as Admin Sgt in Training in the early 70's and upon retirement he continued in this role as a civilian.

Friends please meet for service at Durham Crematorium on Tuesday, December 13th, at 2.00pm.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Willow Wood Hospice, Willow Wood Close, Mellor Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6SL.

Death of a retired Police Officer/Civilian support staff : Mrs Audrey Loughlin

Audrey LoughlinIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer/Civilian support staff : Mrs Audrey Loughlin who died on 24th November aged 92 years.
Mrs Loughlin served as a PW in Durham Constabulary but dates of service are not known. She continued to work as a civilian member of staff as clerical officer in HQ Workshops from 1970 to 1987.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 15th December. All are welcome to attend 2.30pm at St. Gilesgate Church, followed by refreshments in the church hall.
Family flowers only please, however donations can be made to the Macular society (www.macularsociety.org)
Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

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