Friday 28 February 2014

B Shift Durham approx 1995 (Peter Langley)

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Many Thanks to Liz & Dave Mitchell for sending us this photo of B shift Durham, taken outside of the old Durham Police station approx 1995. Peter Langley, who’s death we announced a couple of days ago is on the photo

Back row : John Austin, Liz Mitchell, Chris Mundell.

Front row : Dave Telford, Dave Turner, Steve Taylor, Mark Bradley, Mary Briggs, Sharon Robson, Alan Lunn, Peter Langley, Colin Dobson, Alan Kille and the Inspector out front is Neil Redhead

Conditions of service 1839

Essex Police

Many Thanks top Gordon Bacon who sent this to us, conditions of service from when he joined !! (In 1839).

(Gordon had it sent to him from a friend down south.)

Please note :

Shaving is unhealthy

Uniform worn at all times in case you are accused of spying on the public.

You cannot gossip with the public.

Carry your ‘bait’ in your top hat….

Have a bath before interview

Be prepared to be assaulted, stoned  or stabbed by the public

Looks like nothings changed !!

Any more old memorabilia lying around anywhere that we can put on the site ??

Please email : if you have

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 778 Peter Langley

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer, PC 778 Peter Langley who died on the 21st February aged 68 years.
Mr Langley retired from Durham Constabulary on the 14th April 1997.
He does not leave a widow but he leaves a son Darren.
The funeral service will take place on Monday 3rd March at 11am at Durham Crematorium, this will then be followed by refreshments at the Bay Horse, Brandon. The funeral service is not private.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Air Ambulance Service.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday 24 February 2014

AGM of Durham NARPO – Monday 17th March

Date for your Diary…….
Monday 17th March at 1930hrs
The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive and Federation.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
(Please put the date in your diary and see if you can attend, meet your committee and see the hard work they are doing for you)
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE

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Saturday 22 February 2014

February edition of Police Magazine

February 2014The February 2014 edition of Police Magazine is now available to view on the site.

Please click on this link or the image to go to the Federation, Police Magazine, page of the website.

Thursday 13 February 2014

Forever Friends. Derick Hewitson and Basil Burton

img059Two ‘silverbacks’ getting acquainted with the delights of 'old' age???
Derick Hewitson (83 years) and Basil Burton (78 years) have been great friends and work colleagues over many years, both were serving in Darlington CID before retirement.  Two weeks ago, Derick was admitted to the Richardson Hospital, Barnard Castle, where he unfortunately suffered a minor stroke.
A week later, his pal, Basil Burton who in recent years has also suffered ill health, unfortunately fell and cracked a bone in his neck. His wife, Judy shared this photograph of the inmates and friends (she has coined them “silverbacks”).  Both are apparently making good progress.
I’m sure we all send them both our very best wishes.
Alan Watson, Chairman , Durham Branch , N.A.R.P.O.

Tuesday 4 February 2014

PC 508 Norman Cuerdon & PC 1997 Bill Shanks (Mike 20)


Many Thanks to Bill Shanks who sent us this photo of himself and Norman Cuerden :

“The attached was taken in Bishop Auckland yard in 1973 just after we had washed the car, hence the tyre marks in the snow. The call sign was Mike 20 and we covered Crook and Weardale . The crew was Norman Cuerden and yours truly. It was taken by the SAO at Bishop to try out his new camera. It goes to show how hardy the Weardale car crews had to be  - shirt sleeve order in the snow or, of course, it showed we had no intention of getting out of the car in such weather!!!”

The car was a Vauxhall Victor 3300cc.

Norman and Bill were crewed together from February 1973 to mid 1974 when Norman married Jennifer and moved to Peterlee.

Norman who retired in 1987 after thirty years service,sadly died on 27th February 2010 aged 74 years.

Bill retired as Sgt in charge of motorschool on the 26th October 1993, having been awarded the BEM in the New Years honours list of 93 in relation to safe driving talks he had been doing at various 6th form schools

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