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ALL'S WELL IN THE BOROUGH Inspections in 1954 and 1961.

INSPECTIONS were an important part of a copper's life and being on show - either for senior officers' approval or to impress a wider public - was not taken lightly.

In July 1954 there was a review of the UK's police forces in Hyde Park, London, and 20 officers from Huddersfield Borough Police were chosen to be inspected by the Queen.

The party is pictured above at the St Paul's Street Drill Hall prior to departure. Their commanding officer (far right) is Insp Frank Noble, who went on to become Huddersfield's deputy chief constable.

Other officers chosen to represent Huddersfield were Sgt R Oldham, Pcs G Wetherby, H Ely, R Smallwood, J L Ainley, J W Sykes, W Heaton, K O'Loughlin, S Hodge, W D Gledhill, H Whitehead, L Brown, P A Debieux, D Armstrong, L Johnson, J A Imeson and R Chapman, policewoman B Wormald and Special Constable J Newton.

Sgt Oldham was the only member of the Borough force to be present at the previous Hyde Park review in 1935 to mark the silver jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary.

Chief constable David Bradley, Huddersfield mayor Ald N Day and the inspector of constabulary, Sir Charles Martin, are chatting to Pc John Shaw in this 1961 picture of the annual inspection at the Drill Hall.


TO LONDON: Borough police chosen in 1954 to take part in a review in front of the Queen EYES FRONT: The Borough Police annual inspection in 1961
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2009
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