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NARPO – The voice of retired police officers

St Helens Members’ Area – Chair

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Chair: Anita Ashcroft QPM


Born and raised in Parr, St. Helens, I joined Merseyside Police in 1978. I was first posted to Copperas Hill and then St. Anne Street in Liverpool City centre.

In 1984, I transferred home to St. Helens and then Newton-le-Willows.

I joined the Traffic Department in 1988 and worked at Smithdown Lane, Oliver Lyme Road and Maghull Traffic until 2000.


Due to a serious health condition, I was taken off patrols and posted into the IMU at St. Helens, followed by the intelligence unit. During this time I became an integral member of the force Disability Support Network.

In 2003 I was asked to set up Merseyside’s PPO Scheme which was a new Home Office initiative aimed at reducing offending by our most prolific criminals and working with partner agencies – one of five pilots in the country. It was so successful it was rolled out Force wide and became used as best practice. The PPO scheme is now used throughout the UK. The team and I received a Home Office Commendation for our achievements.

In 2009 I was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Years Honours list. I retired in 2010 having completed 32 and a half years. In retirement I am currently a local Parish Councillor at Eccleston and enjoy travel, trying to keep fit, DIY and gardening.