Location of interview:Brookmans Park
Date joined Met Police:24 January 1977
Date left Met Police:23 January 2007
Rank of leaving:Constable
Transcript of interview
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Track 2: 7’50” Life before joining the Metropolitan Police Service: family life, parents jobs, schooling, middle-class upbringing, leaving school at 18 and reasons for joining the Metropolitan Police Service. Role of a friend of the family in decision to join the Metropolitan Police Service. Employment before the Metropolitan Police Service. Selection process and entry into the police. Reason for joining the Metropolitan Police Service and not Hertfordshire. Recollections of training: friend leaving the training, training in a boxing ring, diving and the visit of the Queen to Hendon. Recollections of the training staff. Learning by rote, A reports and practical tests.
Track 3: 6’03” First few years as a Police officer after training. Working C division and Vine Street police station. Brother’s criminal record and other reasons for posting. Living in an East End section house. Character of her relief: female colleagues and young age of the relief. Experiences of walking the beat: Piccadilly Circus drug abuse and subway 4, hotdog vendors, first arrest, role of the parent constable and procedure after an arrest. Prostitution in Soho and Mayfair.
Track 4: 6’14” Colleagues on C division and aid to new recruits: Sergeants and inspectors. Reflections about influence of integration of females. Jokes played in the past on colleagues. Canteen culture and treatment by older colleagues. Senior officers: Ted Stow and Cyril Gibbins.
Track 5: 10’08” Involvement in ceremonial duties and aiding A division. 4 week shift pattern. Charles and Diana’s wedding. Grunwick dispute. Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Posting to club section: illegal drinkers and controlling clubs. Issue of corruption amongst senior officers in C division prior to her arrival. Role in the raid on the Playboy club. MP Airey Neave being blown up at Houses of Parliament. Moving into a Police flat and seconded to SO13 for administrative roles. IRA bombings in the late 1970s. Policing prostitution in Mayfair and Soho. Working in a ‘Tom squad’. Reflects about character of the prostitutes. Procedure and protocol dealing with the prostitutes.
Track 6: 3’40” Social life at C Division: impact of shift work and social life revolving around the police. Section house and move to police flat with a friend in SW1. Hobbies and activities.
Track 7: 7’12” Life after Vine Street in 1982. Buying a flat in Greenford, London. Application to careers branch and recruiting. Role in recruiting and colleagues between 1982 and 1985. Indian colleague. Recruiting section at Paddington Green and Scotland Yard: roles, administrative duties and recruiting drives. Ethnic minorities.
Track 8: 8’08” D5 training: driving course, presentation courses and new skills. Posting to X division Ealing station. Readjusting to active police work after recruitment posting. Character of Ealing borough, the team and colleagues. Reflections about impact of PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984) on policing. New crime experiences in Ealing: sudden death, serious traffic accidents, schools and dog fights. Changes in the Police uniform: police cape, female skirts. Changes in equipment: shorter truncheons for women, radios. Role of paperwork in policing.
Track 9: 7’41” Policing Ealing: civilianising police roles. Murder enquiries: discusses a domestic murder and administrative role. Role dealing in Sexual Offenses Investigations Unit. Discusses one incident on the arrest of a rapist and the demands of supporting the victims. CAD course. Not being involved in the Ealing vicarage rape.
Track 10: 11’17” Policing Acton: tough estates and roles. Request that she took on Ealing’s Neighbourhood watch in 1991. Role in the community involvement office: visiting the Ealing college, talking with the press, visiting schools and tours on police stations. Neighbourhood watch policing and working with the community. Organising a neighbourhood watch conference and bringing together the borough of Ealing.
Track 11: 2’50” Role in neighborhood watch at a national level. John Majors visit to Ealing. Working with the Japanese community in Ealing.
Track 12: 9’02” Christmas police dinner dance in Ealing. Capital radio and Renault courses for female drivers, and meeting her husband at one event. Reasons for leaving Ealing in 1997: devolving neighbourhood watch police officer role, last conference and demands of adjusting to new posting in Hillingdon. Policing Hayes in West London. Role as the oldest female officer and tackling new legislation.
Track 13: 2’20” Policing Hayes: working class area, the need for regeneration. Reflections about the challenges of policing now.
Track 14: 7’40” Development of her career in Hayes: Controllers post and the demands of the integration of boroughs. Mentoring role. Policing the Millennium in Temple and controlling too many people. Policing after 2000: burglary reporting role. Training and utilising her skills. Taking on a home beat in Reading.
Track 15: 5’35” Working as a Home Beat officer in Reading: domestic and neighboring disputes, tackling dog bites, youth drugs, untaxed cars and general problems of the estate. Community meetings and reflects on the use of neighborhood watch experience. Community centre and its eventual burning down.
Track 16: 3’57” Home beat role: aid work and level 3 work. Policing Notting Hill Carnival and escorting a float. Demands of the role and reflections about the day.
Track 17: 11’24” Soho Square and involvement in teaching police officers the skill to read information off the police computer system. Reflects on the demands of introducing officers to the new police computer technology. Secondment from Hillingdon and decision to leave after 9 months. Application to new role in 2004 to establish training centres to train control room staff with new technology. Working in Lambeth. Airwave Radio system control room procedure. Introduction of the new radio technology.
Track 18: 2’45” Last two years in the Metropolitan Police Service: recollects her female line manager and relationship problems with her. Recalls the death of her mother and the support she received from the Metropolitan Police Service.
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Track 20: 3’38” Support of the Metropolitan Police Service for retirement. Courses offered and reflections about taking the step to leave the Metropolitan Police Service. Female officers superior retirement package to male colleagues.
Track 21: 4’29” Retirement party and adjusting to life after the Metropolitan Police Service. Enjoying retirement: involvement in oral history project, neighborhood watch coordinator and other courses.
Track 22: 1’25” Reflections and regrets about career in Metropolitan Police Service. Treatment by family and friends about prior life as a Police officer.
Track 23: 1’04” Final thoughts about career in Metropolitan Police Service and the oral history project.