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St Helens Members’ Area – Secretary

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Secretary: John Russell

I joined the Lancashire Constabulary in July 1961 and after initial training at Stanley Grange Preston was posted to Widnes Division as a uniform Police Cadet.  In June 1964 was appointed as a Police Constable and again after further training at Stanley Grange and 13 weeks at Bruche Warrington was then posted to foot patrol duties in Prestwich and Radcliffe Sections in Bury Division.

In 1969 I was transferred to Crime Patrol duties with the 5 District Task Force based at Oldham. Becoming a Fingerprint and Photographic officer in Bolton, then Southport, Seaforth and finally St Helens. (In 1974, the area I was serving in  became part of the newly formed Merseyside Police).  I retired in Feb 1996 and joined the St Helens and District branch of NARPO actively joining in at their functions. In 2004 I was approached to become a member of the committee and remained so until 2006 when at the AGM I was appointed as Branch Secretary.  I immediately formed a new committee and was fortunate to utilise some members of the previous committee whose knowledge and experience was a great help.  Since that date our branch membership has more than doubled and we have a thriving branch, a hard working dedicated committee and hopefully a happy membership.