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The MDPROA was formed as the result of a few retired officers, still interested in the force that they were a part of for so much of their life, attending Passing Out Parades at PTS Medmenham, where a small corner of the arena was set aside and a tent earmarked for them to offer protection. Research has failed to establish exactly where the inspiration came from or who came up with the idea but the first mention of the forming of the association was in the form of a memo sent out by Chief Constable Jack Aspinal in about 1987, asking all Group Officers as they were then called, to find out what support there would be for such an association. The result was that, at a recruit’s parade at Medmenham, the inaugural meeting of the MDPROA was held on the third year that they had formed themselves into an organised group. A committee was elected and this was the official start of the Ministry of Defence Police Retired Officers Association.
The basic aim of the MDPROA remains unchanged and that is to form an association to promote and sustain friendship amongst the retired members of The Ministry of Defence Police and offer help or advice where it is needed.
Membership of the Defence Police Retired Officers Association does not stop there. We still regard the MDP as our Force and the DPF as our Federation. It is pleasing to note that CCMDP who is our Honorary President continues to value the important role played by ROA as does the DPF. The force magazine Talk Through is an excellent medium for communicating information together with our Newsletter. Another important way of communicating to members is via the ROA web pages hosted by the DPF website for which we very much appreciate. I would encourage members to use them.
One of the benefits of our link with DPF is access to several membership services such as free initial legal advice and travel insurance particularly if travelling abroad.
As with all well formed organisations it was decided back in 1999 that former Chief Constable Jack Aspinal, QPM who had initiated the idea of ROA be invited to take on the role of our Patron. Thankfully he accepted and continues to hold the position today.
David Rogers MBE