Monday 18 March 2024

Death of a retired Police Officer: PC 1660 Joseph (Joe) Robert Butters

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer, PC 1660 Joseph (Joe) Robert Butters, who died in Hollie Hill Care Home, Stanley on Sunday 3rd March 2024, aged 88 years.

Joe joined Durham County Constabulary in 1956.

As a young Constable, he worked at Middleton Teesdale where he was tasked with keeping the Irish workers in check.  He also policed Bishop Auckland and was able to name all of its 51 Public Houses, which he had duty to patrol.

During the early part of his service, he has hoped to get into CID, however as he owned a motorcycle and was a proficient rider, was encouraged to take a posting in the Motorcycle Section.  Joe also worked the Motorway.

For many years, he was the driver to a number of Durham’s Chief Constables.

Leading up to his retirement he was involved in the setting up a Crime Prevention Office at Force Headquarters, securing a decommissioned bus, which was kitted out to become a mobile exhibition vehicle, advising on home security.

When Joe retired in 1994 after 38 years’ service and was at that time one of the longest serving officers in Durham, something that his family are very proud of.

Joe is survived by son James, daughters Judith and Jane and grandchildren Amy, Sophie, Emily, James and Hannah.

A funeral service is to be held at 11.30am Wednesday 20th March 2024 at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, donations in lieu to St Cuthberts Hospice.

After the funeral, friends are invited to join the family for light refreshments at Judith and Steve’s house in Chester-le-Street.

Our thoughts are with Joe’s family and friends at this sad time.

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