25th November 2016
After what is nearly 37 years plus service to the Federation, it is time for me to say goodbye. I will be returning to the Force and retiring, god willing in July of next year.
Hopefully, during that time I have been of help to at least some of you. During my time with the DPF I recall being asked and officiating at a members funeral. I remember, with Dave Rogers rescuing a member who had collapsed unconscious on his settee whilst smoking, and his cigarette had caused a fire. I represented a colleague who had been discriminated against because of their race and winning what was a terrific result for them, I also recall being victimised for doing so. But above all, there is no greater feeling than helping save an individual their job, or by aiding make someone’s acute problems that little bit less so.
The sudden death of my Area Chairman and friend Keith JONES was a great shock to me and I was proud to have been of a small help to his wife, friends and family during that very desperate time.
I have some good and bad memories of this Federation, I have met some really genuine and kind people, Dave ROGERS MBE, Mick REYNOLDS, Kevin POLLOCK, Bill DUNCAN, Wendy BENSON and John GILBERT to name but a few.
However, Dave ROGERS stands out, as he with his serious health problems, was still chasing around the country in his own time representing people up until the day of his own retirement. That is dedication, and no one was more pleased and proud than I when David was awarded an MBE in recognition of his efforts. He in my view epitomises everything good about this Federation.
At last years conference there were many new faces, it was for me a pleasure to see, and I know now that this organisation is safe in your hands. Please don’t listen to the barrack room lawyers who flourish by giving counsel, that they would never in a month of Sundays follow themselves. Get decent advice and if you don’t like something try and change it from within, get involved.
To my colleague Secretaries, Karen and Terry, thank you both for your hard work and know that you’ll both be missed. Denise my partner deserves a mention for having her home life regularly disturbed over many years, and for standing by me, allowing me to do my Federation work.
Since joining the MDP in 1978, other than carrying out numerous detached duties, I have in fact only served at 2 stations, Chatham and Fort Halstead. Both stations I thoroughly enjoyed working at, my thoughts are always with the MOD Police officers I met there.
Hopefully, come July my very dear friend Dave BRIDLE, who himself retires from the Force next year and I can do lots of beach fishing. I am also in April next year going to be a granddad for the first time, so my career path will no doubt be heading in the direction of child care.
For those who know me well, know that I have a maxim. It was first said to me by a nursing sister in the days many, many, years ago when I was Nurse Clout, “Pete, never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up” she said. I have always tried my best to live by that.
So, goodbye, God bless and keep you all safe.
DPF General Secretary