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Officer 22

Location of interview:Baldock, Hertfordshire

Officer's Gender:Male

Date joined Met Police: 8 April 1969

Date left Met Police: 5 January 2003

Rank of leaving:Superintendent

Divisons served:S (Golders Green), D (Harrow Road), Q (Wembley)

Specialist service:TSG, Complaints Investigation

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Track 2: 1’25": Life before Metropolitan Police Service: life in Norfolk, emigration to Canada, father’s work with the US Air Force near Toronto until 1961, return to St Albans in England, St Albans Grammar School, move to Radlett in Hertfordshire in 1965, 1968 family move to Somerset and he joined the Metropolitan Police cadets.  Cadets 1968 at age 19.

Track 3: 1’27": Decision to join the Metropolitan Police Service. Recruitment process: cadet corps and Elephant and Castle acceptance procedure. B course in September 1968 for 6 months. Transfer to Metropolitan Police Service on 8th April 1969. Recollections of colleagues, trainers and the cadets.

Track 4: 5’31": Joining the Metropolitan Police Service: Hendon training school.  Section houses in Tottenham.  Move to Finchley training school.  Participation in sports. A reports: discusses the legislation, Instruction Book and acronyms.  Reflects on experience of training school: sports, learning and discipline.  Posting to Golders Green July 1969 for 5 years until promotion to Sergeant.  Events in Golders Green: Unspectacular policing and passing the promotion exam.  Probation and beat work in Golders Green.  Equipment: blue police box, radios, walking the beat in Finchley, Kilburn and Cricklewood.  Driving course: driving pandas and vans.  Murder enquiry in Barnet. Promotion to Harrow Road.  Life in the section house in Finchley.  Marriage in December 1974.

Track 5: 6’52": December 1974 Married and move to Harrow Road in January 1975 as a Sergeant. Transition to Sergeant.  Female and ethnic minority officers: Maria Abrahams. Treatment of Maria Abrams in Metropolitan Police Service: discusses her character and roles.  Senior Officers: respect and esteem of colleagues.  Reflects on the number of officers.  Prejudice and discrimination in the Metropolitan Police Service: culture of equality as well as discrimination against the black and Irish community.  1976 Notting Hill Riots.  Racism in the Metropolitan Police Service.  Memories of Harrow Road: Notting Hill Riots.  Equipment: shields, truncheons, lack of protective clothing. Incident of bomb attempt on a bridge.  Incident of Westbourne Park bank robbery.  Finding a pressure cooker lid to use in the Notting Hill Riots.

Track 6: 3’33": Sergeant in Harrow Road for 9 years.  Promotion: exam process.  Joining the CIB in 1981. Role and duties in CIB.  Family life: impact of studying on time with children.

Track 7: 9’15": Selection process to Inspector after 8 years of service in 1982.  Reorganisation of Metropolitan Police Service. Working in Wood Green in divisional complaints unit before becoming an inspector in Wembley.  Working as an Inspector in Wembley.  Working in Kingsbury as Sector Inspector.  Reflects on differences in roles within Wembley and Kingsbury: residential, satellite and community policing.  Special memories in Kingsbury: welcoming the Queen Mother. Episode at restaurant in Wembley as duty officer: dealing with an armed man in the bar, which led to a hostage situation.  Discusses the police response and receiving a commendation for his role in the event.

Track 8: 6’35": Autumn 1986 creation of territorial support group and working as Finchley’s TSG Inspector.  Incidents: terrorists, IRA, Iranian embassy, 1987 storms and dealing with the subsequent damage to London, searching for bodies, disorder and public order. Wembley incident at old stadium, involving turnstile C, leading to a public crush.  Community relations.

Track 9: 13’31": Promotion to Chief Inspector 1989 to Kilburn: selection process, exams and testing.  Role as Chief Inspector of operations.  Move to Harlesden as Deputy Unit Commander. Acting as Superintendent.  Incidents: shooting of undercover sergeant. Application and selection in 1992 as community liaison officer for Barnet and Hertsmere.  Reflections on job in S division: Golders Green, West Hendon and Barnet (including Hertsmere).  Police consulting job and committee work for borough policing.  Impact on personal life.  Reflects on happy times: Linda Bailey Schools officer in Golders Green (5.40).  Partnership working and transition to new policing work with the community. Working with the Board of Trustees.  1997 application to promotion as Superintendent after 27 years of service.  Posting to Holloway.  Experiences in Holloway: colleagues, football (Arsenal) and working as match commander. Working with the Football Association.  Community policing, sector policing and joining community groups and establishing community ties. Working with children and faith organisations.  Progressions in technology for policing: foot officers and area car.   Morse code to modern motor vehicles and radios, forensic sciences and new processes to catch criminals.  Changes in crime: internet, crimes against children and domestic violence.  Changes in legislation for policing demands: football legislation.

Track 10: 1’42": Uniform changes and developments: Ceremonial uniforms, belted jackets, non- belted jackets, jumpers and flat-jackets. Adaptations in uniforms to cater for new equipment.

Track 11: 2’35": Reflections on transition from constable to Sergeant and later promotion in Metropolitan Police Service.  Implications of working as a Superintendent on roles and duties. Female and ethnic minority colleagues.  Growth of women in Metropolitan Police Service.

Track 12: 2’07": 1970s women in Metropolitan Police Service.  Progression of female ethnic minority PCs in Metropolitan Police Service during his service.

Track 13: 2’50": Sports and fitness in Metropolitan Police Service. Taking part in athletics and rugby. Sporting injuries.  Changes in fitness demands of the Metropolitan Police Service.

Track 14: 6’26": Final years of service: working in Islington, whilst continuing as match commander of Arsenal, role as Service Public Order Commander and Chief Superintendent. Community policing.  Football policing.  Decision to retire: reflections on new changes in Metropolitan Police Service and promotions options. Transition to retirement.  Last role working as match commander for Arsenal in November 2002.  Procedure of retirement.

Track 15:  6’15": Reflections on the future of the Metropolitan Police Service: continued change and development of the PCs, the organisation and the community.  Changes in social demands on the Metropolitan Police Service.  Legislative changes.  Regrets and reflections on promotion success of his career to Superintendent.  Perceptions of community, family and friends about his career.

Track 16: 2’05": Final thoughts. Advice for future recruits to the Metropolitan Police Service. Advocates the Metropolitan Police Service to the general public.


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