RPOAS Lanarkshire

RPOAS Lanarkshire This page is solely administered by Henry Harper, email [email protected] and is 'open'. Produced for fun and to re-kindle memories, mainly for any officer who worked or lived in Lanarkshire and for the 809 members of RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch.

The RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch has an ever increasing ‘Band of Brothers/Sisters', currently standing at 615 members at 21 August 2017. That cop to cop the world o'er, shall brothers be for a' that.

The RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch has an ever increasing ‘Band of Brothers/Sisters', currently standing at 615 members at 21 August 2017. That cop to cop the world o'er, shall brothers be for a' that.

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MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS...A lovely photo posted this morning by Pedroe Jaervis on the Semper Vigilo Page.What memories...
26/07/2021

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS...A lovely photo posted this morning by Pedroe Jaervis on the Semper Vigilo Page.
What memories does this rekindle?

MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS...A lovely photo posted this morning by Pedroe Jaervis on the Semper Vigilo Page.
What memories does this rekindle?

Sad News - I regret to inform you of the death of retired Police Wireless Workshops Technician Peter Cranie, aged  74 ye...
21/07/2021

Sad News - I regret to inform you of the death of retired Police Wireless Workshops Technician Peter Cranie, aged 74 years, a resident of Barrowfield, Coatbridge, who passed away peacefully, on Thursday afternoon, 1 July 2021, after a long illness.

The Early Years
Peter attended St. Mary’s School, Whifflet, Coatbridge.

Pre-Police Employment:
Peter served his time as an apprentice electronics technician in Pye Scottish Telecommunications Ltd (Airdrie Electronics), Victoria Place, Airdrie ML6 9BL, who manufactured telephones and military radio communications equipment. The company operated from 1958 to 1998, employing more than 1,000 people.
The firm had a training centre at Shawhead, Coatbridge.
Peter loved the banter on the shop floor and it was a friendly environment to learn your trade.
It was one of the factories producing the new telephone GPO 746, among the very first to be produced since the old black Bakelite ones in the 1960s. They made parts for the Pye Cambridge radiotelephone used in police vehicles and taxis and made mine detectors and a variety of other equipment for the General Post Office (GPO).

Civilian Police Service:
Peter later joined the Police and worked in the Wireless Workshop Building at Newhouse, apparently because of the good reception there for the police radios throughout Lanarkshire. He worked with two of his former Pye colleagues; Peter Allan, who was the Gaffer and the late Frank Stevenson. What a great atmosphere these three good friends created; it was a laugh a minute.
In 1977, Wireless Workshops moved lock, stock and barrel to the new Motherwell Police Office, ‘P’ Division, housed in the upper floor, at 217 Windmillhill Street in the town.
Peter was regularly seen wandering through the corridors there in his white coat, getting up to mischief no doubt. He was a real character, friendly, helpful, happy, a bit of a comedian with a good sense of humour; always had a joke and a smile. He was very obliging; many an officer in the 1970’s had their first computer set up by Peter and he was also a dab hand at installing car entertainment systems, mainly radios in those days.
At lunch time he enjoyed nothing better than a game of billiards, snooker or one of the derivatives, usually with his good friend and work colleague Frank, what a double act they two made and always fun to be around. Both stalwarts of Wireless Workshops.
In his spare time, Peter was a referee/linesman for amateur football and turned out for some of the police football games, which were never the easiest to control, but his sense of humour managed to get him through some sticky issues with intimidating characters.

Family:
I understand Peter is survived by his loving and caring wife Agnes and their two daughters Emma Louise and Carol. Sincere condolences to the family.

Funeral Arrangements
Peter’s funeral service took place on Monday, 12 July 2021.

May he Rest in Peace.

Note: This obituary notice is accessible by Peter's family and friends any comments would hopefully bring them some comfort.

Kind Regards,
Henry
Email: [email protected]

Sad News - I regret to inform you of the death of retired Police Wireless Workshops Technician Peter Cranie, aged 74 years, a resident of Barrowfield, Coatbridge, who passed away peacefully, on Thursday afternoon, 1 July 2021, after a long illness.

The Early Years
Peter attended St. Mary’s School, Whifflet, Coatbridge.

Pre-Police Employment:
Peter served his time as an apprentice electronics technician in Pye Scottish Telecommunications Ltd (Airdrie Electronics), Victoria Place, Airdrie ML6 9BL, who manufactured telephones and military radio communications equipment. The company operated from 1958 to 1998, employing more than 1,000 people.
The firm had a training centre at Shawhead, Coatbridge.
Peter loved the banter on the shop floor and it was a friendly environment to learn your trade.
It was one of the factories producing the new telephone GPO 746, among the very first to be produced since the old black Bakelite ones in the 1960s. They made parts for the Pye Cambridge radiotelephone used in police vehicles and taxis and made mine detectors and a variety of other equipment for the General Post Office (GPO).

Civilian Police Service:
Peter later joined the Police and worked in the Wireless Workshop Building at Newhouse, apparently because of the good reception there for the police radios throughout Lanarkshire. He worked with two of his former Pye colleagues; Peter Allan, who was the Gaffer and the late Frank Stevenson. What a great atmosphere these three good friends created; it was a laugh a minute.
In 1977, Wireless Workshops moved lock, stock and barrel to the new Motherwell Police Office, ‘P’ Division, housed in the upper floor, at 217 Windmillhill Street in the town.
Peter was regularly seen wandering through the corridors there in his white coat, getting up to mischief no doubt. He was a real character, friendly, helpful, happy, a bit of a comedian with a good sense of humour; always had a joke and a smile. He was very obliging; many an officer in the 1970’s had their first computer set up by Peter and he was also a dab hand at installing car entertainment systems, mainly radios in those days.
At lunch time he enjoyed nothing better than a game of billiards, snooker or one of the derivatives, usually with his good friend and work colleague Frank, what a double act they two made and always fun to be around. Both stalwarts of Wireless Workshops.
In his spare time, Peter was a referee/linesman for amateur football and turned out for some of the police football games, which were never the easiest to control, but his sense of humour managed to get him through some sticky issues with intimidating characters.

Family:
I understand Peter is survived by his loving and caring wife Agnes and their two daughters Emma Louise and Carol. Sincere condolences to the family.

Funeral Arrangements
Peter’s funeral service took place on Monday, 12 July 2021.

May he Rest in Peace.

Note: This obituary notice is accessible by Peter's family and friends any comments would hopefully bring them some comfort.

Kind Regards,
Henry
Email: [email protected]

CID Course 6/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Can you identify anyone and where did they w...
14/07/2021

CID Course 6/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 9.
3rd Row: 1 – 6.
2nd Row: 1 – 9.
Front Row/Seated: 1-3. 2. Ray Watson, Directing Staff.

CID Course 6/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 9.
3rd Row: 1 – 6.
2nd Row: 1 – 9.
Front Row/Seated: 1-3. 2. Ray Watson, Directing Staff.

CID Course 5/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Do you recognise the youngster in the middle...
14/07/2021

CID Course 5/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Do you recognise the youngster in the middle of the 2nd row. 😂. Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 8.
3rd Row: 1 – 8.
2nd Row: 1 – 7.
Front Row/Seated: Directing Staff: 1. Gordon Ferrie, Strathclyde ‘A’ Div. Fraud Squad; 2. Major-General David Crichton Alexander, Commandant. 3 Uk, Professor. 4. Deputy Commandant Alistair Hood.

CID Course 5/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan. Do you recognise the youngster in the middle of the 2nd row. 😂. Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 8.
3rd Row: 1 – 8.
2nd Row: 1 – 7.
Front Row/Seated: Directing Staff: 1. Gordon Ferrie, Strathclyde ‘A’ Div. Fraud Squad; 2. Major-General David Crichton Alexander, Commandant. 3 Uk, Professor. 4. Deputy Commandant Alistair Hood.

CID Course 4/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.Can you identify anyone and where did they wo...
14/07/2021

CID Course 4/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.
Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 8.
3rd Row: 1 – 8.
2nd Row: 1 – 7.
Front Row/Seated: Directing Staff: 1. Ray Watson. 2. Gordon Ferrie, Strathclyde ‘A’ Div. Fraud Squad; 3. Major-General David Crichton Alexander, Commandant. 4. Deputy Commandant Alistair Hood. 5. Ian McGill, Det. Super, Serious Crime Squad, later became Head of Police in the Cayman Islands!

CID Course 4/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.
Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 8.
3rd Row: 1 – 8.
2nd Row: 1 – 7.
Front Row/Seated: Directing Staff: 1. Ray Watson. 2. Gordon Ferrie, Strathclyde ‘A’ Div. Fraud Squad; 3. Major-General David Crichton Alexander, Commandant. 4. Deputy Commandant Alistair Hood. 5. Ian McGill, Det. Super, Serious Crime Squad, later became Head of Police in the Cayman Islands!

CID Course 3/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.Can you identify anyone and where did they wo...
14/07/2021

CID Course 3/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.
Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 8.
3rd Row: 1 – 8.
2nd Row: 1 – 7.
Front Row/Seated: Directing Staff: 1. Ray Watson. 2. Major-General David Crichton Alexander, Commandant. 3. Ian McGill, Det. Super, Serious Crime Squad.

CID Course 3/1983, Detective Training, Scottish Police College, Tulliallan.
Can you identify anyone and where did they work?
Click on the photo for a better view.
It would be helpful if you add the row and number L to R of those named.
Back/4th Row L to R: 1 - 8.
3rd Row: 1 – 8.
2nd Row: 1 – 7.
Front Row/Seated: Directing Staff: 1. Ray Watson. 2. Major-General David Crichton Alexander, Commandant. 3. Ian McGill, Det. Super, Serious Crime Squad.

HOTEL CHARLIE - What memories does this rekindle from circa 1998 and do you have any photos to share from the night? 😃
12/07/2021

HOTEL CHARLIE - What memories does this rekindle from circa 1998 and do you have any photos to share from the night? 😃

HOTEL CHARLIE - What memories does this rekindle from circa 1998 and do you have any photos to share from the night? 😃

Check out this video supplied by Life Member Wilson Bruce. A great day was had by all. 🥳 Click on this link: - https://y...
12/07/2021

Check out this video supplied by Life Member Wilson Bruce. A great day was had by all. 🥳 Click on this link: - https://youtu.be/nJtynywxtxY

Check out this video supplied by Life Member Wilson Bruce. A great day was had by all. 🥳 Click on this link: - https://youtu.be/nJtynywxtxY

Sad News - I regret to inform you of the death of retired Inspector David Ruxton, aged 82 years, a resident of St Andrew...
12/07/2021

Sad News - I regret to inform you of the death of retired Inspector David Ruxton, aged 82 years, a resident of St Andrews, who passed away peacefully, on Tuesday afternoon, 24 November 2020, due to Pancreatic Cancer, having been diagnosed only 5 weeks before. He put up a courageous fight but ultimately this horrible disease took its toll.

The Early Years
David was born in Montrose in 1937 and was raised in Brechin. He was the youngest of three with his late brother and surviving sister Beth. He attended Brechin High School and played football for Brechin Victoria Junior Football Club ‘The Vics’. He was also a keen golfer.

Pre-Police Employment/National Service:
After leaving school David served his apprenticeship with Black’s of Brechin as a joiner.
It is believed he was called up for National Service, which was deferred until his apprenticeship was completed.

Police Service:
On 22 August 1960, at almost 23 years of age, David joined Lanarkshire Constabulary and was posted to Bellshill, where he served his probation. He had a good level of fitness and was immaculate in his uniform. His friendly, helpful nature endeared him to his colleagues and the public. He was a good worker and quick learner and had no difficulty establishing himself on the shift.
He met the love of his life Sheila Hawthorn and they were married in September 1962.
On 13 February 1963, David was transferred to Blantyre, he settled into his role and earned a good reputation for his commitment to enquiries and sound detection rate, which did not go unnoticed by his supervisors and detective colleagues.
In August 1968, it came as no surprise when David was appointed Aide to the CID, at Airdrie, where he enhanced his reputation in a role he thoroughly enjoyed.
In September 1970, he was rightly appointed Detective Constable in the town and his skills were put to good use.
In May 1973, he was promoted Uniform Patrol Sergeant and took an interest in his shift and their development. He encouraged them to give of their best and was always on hand with advice and assistance.
In May 1975, as a result of amalgamation, David became a Strathclyde Police Officer in ‘N’ Division.
In January 1977, he became the Station Sergeant and thrived on the responsibility for a year before returning to the CID as Detective Sergeant.
In 1979, he transferred to Lanark, ‘Q’ Division, working with a small team of Detectives and he appreciated his time there, as a Senior Detective Sergeant, he led by example and many Trainee Detectives benefited from his experience.
Around 1982, he received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
In March 1985, David was deservedly promoted Patrol Inspector at Motherwell, ‘P’ Division. He was acknowledged as a good gaffer.
In April 1987, he transferred to Wishaw, ‘P’ Division, retiring from there on 2 September 1990, after 30 years exemplary police service.
During his service David continued to play football and golf and he also developed into a keen gardener.

After Police Retirement:
David retired to Spain and then France before returning to Scotland in 1997, taking up residence in Balmullo, St Andrews. His musical preferences included ‘The Seekers’ and ‘Jimmy Shand’.

Family:
David is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sheila.
Sincere condolences to the family.

Funeral Arrangements
David’s funeral was arranged by MacGregors Funeral Directors, St Andrews. His Cremation Service took place at Dundee Crematorium, Macalpine Road, Dundee DD3 8SD on Friday, 4 December 2020.

May he Rest in Peace.

Note: This obituary notice is accessible by David's family and friends. Any comments would hopefully bring them some comfort.

Kind Regards,
Henry
Email: [email protected] 😌

Sad News - I regret to inform you of the death of retired Inspector David Ruxton, aged 82 years, a resident of St Andrews, who passed away peacefully, on Tuesday afternoon, 24 November 2020, due to Pancreatic Cancer, having been diagnosed only 5 weeks before. He put up a courageous fight but ultimately this horrible disease took its toll.

The Early Years
David was born in Montrose in 1937 and was raised in Brechin. He was the youngest of three with his late brother and surviving sister Beth. He attended Brechin High School and played football for Brechin Victoria Junior Football Club ‘The Vics’. He was also a keen golfer.

Pre-Police Employment/National Service:
After leaving school David served his apprenticeship with Black’s of Brechin as a joiner.
It is believed he was called up for National Service, which was deferred until his apprenticeship was completed.

Police Service:
On 22 August 1960, at almost 23 years of age, David joined Lanarkshire Constabulary and was posted to Bellshill, where he served his probation. He had a good level of fitness and was immaculate in his uniform. His friendly, helpful nature endeared him to his colleagues and the public. He was a good worker and quick learner and had no difficulty establishing himself on the shift.
He met the love of his life Sheila Hawthorn and they were married in September 1962.
On 13 February 1963, David was transferred to Blantyre, he settled into his role and earned a good reputation for his commitment to enquiries and sound detection rate, which did not go unnoticed by his supervisors and detective colleagues.
In August 1968, it came as no surprise when David was appointed Aide to the CID, at Airdrie, where he enhanced his reputation in a role he thoroughly enjoyed.
In September 1970, he was rightly appointed Detective Constable in the town and his skills were put to good use.
In May 1973, he was promoted Uniform Patrol Sergeant and took an interest in his shift and their development. He encouraged them to give of their best and was always on hand with advice and assistance.
In May 1975, as a result of amalgamation, David became a Strathclyde Police Officer in ‘N’ Division.
In January 1977, he became the Station Sergeant and thrived on the responsibility for a year before returning to the CID as Detective Sergeant.
In 1979, he transferred to Lanark, ‘Q’ Division, working with a small team of Detectives and he appreciated his time there, as a Senior Detective Sergeant, he led by example and many Trainee Detectives benefited from his experience.
Around 1982, he received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
In March 1985, David was deservedly promoted Patrol Inspector at Motherwell, ‘P’ Division. He was acknowledged as a good gaffer.
In April 1987, he transferred to Wishaw, ‘P’ Division, retiring from there on 2 September 1990, after 30 years exemplary police service.
During his service David continued to play football and golf and he also developed into a keen gardener.

After Police Retirement:
David retired to Spain and then France before returning to Scotland in 1997, taking up residence in Balmullo, St Andrews. His musical preferences included ‘The Seekers’ and ‘Jimmy Shand’.

Family:
David is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sheila.
Sincere condolences to the family.

Funeral Arrangements
David’s funeral was arranged by MacGregors Funeral Directors, St Andrews. His Cremation Service took place at Dundee Crematorium, Macalpine Road, Dundee DD3 8SD on Friday, 4 December 2020.

May he Rest in Peace.

Note: This obituary notice is accessible by David's family and friends. Any comments would hopefully bring them some comfort.

Kind Regards,
Henry
Email: [email protected] 😌

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Invite to Join the RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch. Whether retiring completely or continuing in employment, join us, you won’t regret it. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to make application for membership of the RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch and join the increasing ‘Band of Brothers/Sisters', currently standing at 800 members locally and over 6,400 colleagues nationally. A rank free association dedicated to looking after your welfare and interests. You only pay a one-off fee of £10 to register, then nothing else to pay until October 2021, when it is £10 annually, great value for money. Further details are on the registration form, which I’ll send in a separate email. I would like as many retired officers as possible to be part of the Lanarkshire Branch, the more the merrier as it enhances membership for everyone, so spread the word. I believe the RPOAS is one of the last means of maintaining contact with all our contemporaries and it is in all our best interests to ensure every officer is a part of it. Here’s the sales pitch: - The Scottish Police Service has many fine traditions and an outstanding reputation which extends beyond the efficient and professional approach to police duties into pride, welfare, camaraderie and a sense of belonging. These traits undoubtedly remain with you in retirement. The RPOAS Lanarkshire Branch helps you to rekindle these passions, enhance your life in retirement and ensure that you remain part of the police family. Membership allows you to: - • take advantage of organised functions and events; • keep abreast of policing and pension developments; • access the members area of the website: - http://www.rpoas.org.uk/ • access the new page: - www.facebook.com/rpoas.lanarkshire • obtain employment opportunities; • access holiday offers; • access preferential travel insurance; • join the RPOAS lottery; • access offers and discounted services; • view/place small adverts; • access welfare information; • view obituaries, and learn of funeral arrangements of dearly departed colleagues; • ensure there is a support mechanism in place for your Spouse, Domestic Partner or immediate dependants upon a member’s demise or incapacity; • access useful links to police related sites and employment agencies; • contact your friendly and helpful secretary for advice or assistance. The RPOAS news magazine is issued to members bi-annually, by email and postal delivery if required, free of charge, and is packed full of interesting pictures, stories, reviews etc. and is well worth the read. Why not contribute your own stories or items of interest. I will email you the latest copy in a separate email for your perusal. You can also order a RPOAS Diary 2021, if you use one, again free of charge. All this for only £10 a year, less than a £1 a month, well worth it. Once a member there is no pressure on you to become involved in any of the events or functions, the choice is entirely yours. However, it never ceases to amaze how members of our police family can re-unite after years without contact and within minutes converse like they had never been apart – happy days. Please help to recruit other colleagues, spread the word, they’ll thank you for it, the more the merrier. I look forward to receiving your registration form to join the RPOAS and welcoming you to the Lanarkshire Branch. Why not check-out our page at: www.facebook.com/rpoas.lanarkshire Wishing you and yours health, wealth and happiness.

Henry Harper, Secretary & Treasurer, RPOAS Lanarkshire. Email: [email protected]

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