Thursday, 30 December 2010

When Bobbies Retire

When a good bobby leaves the 'job' and retires to a better life, many are jealous, some are pleased and several who have already retired, just wonder.

We wonder if he knows what he's leaving behind... we already know!

  We know that after a lifetime of camaraderie (that few others  experience) those memories will always remain as a longing for those past times. 

We know in the law enforcement life fellowship lasts long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. 

We know that his old sense of responsibility will remain with him with every step and breath that remains in his life. 

We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart still is.

Once a bobby, always a bobby!

You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see (or choose to ignore).

He will always look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a recognition and  respect for what they do- drawing on a lifetime of experiences.. 

Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life.  You are only escaping the 'job' - you have only been excused 'active' duty. 

So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget: 

'Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called children of God,'

After all, you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known..

Friday, 10 December 2010

Death of a retired Police Officer - Sgt James Robert (Jim) McIntosh

It is with regret that we announce the death of retired officer Mr. James Robert (Jim) McIntosh from Catterick, North Yorkshire who died on 01/12/2010 aged 72 years.
Mr. McIntosh originally joined Durham Constabulary and served at Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland before transferring in the rank of Sergeant to Northumbria Police in April 1974. During his service with Northumbria he was posted to the Regional Crime Squad which was based at Durham at the time. Mr. McIntosh retired from Sunderland (West) in 1988/89.

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