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Re: Police at the Dockyard
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2013, 17:09:34 »
After WW2, my father had great problems adjusting to Civvy Street, and drifted from job to job. For a while he became a policeman with the Admiralty Constabulary in HM Dockyard, Sheerness. His claim to fame was that he was out 'patrolling' the Yard on the night that the flood struck in the 1950s. The water woke him up where he was sleeping  'patrolling' in the Carley Float Store. The Carley Float he was sleeping 'patrolling' in, started to bob about and so he paddled it back through the Yard to the Main Gate, making note of the submarine and the vessel (in dry dock) which were breaking free. He was later commended for his use of initiative. least, that's the story he told!

Not sure which thread this should be in: The Flood or The Police

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Re: Police at the Dockyard
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2009, 18:03:10 »
I'm a former MoD Police Officer (18 years). Now retired at 45 years of age. The Dockyards in Chatham and Sheerness were for many years the responsibility of the Metropolitan Police Dockyards Division. The policeman guarding the dockyards were actual Met Police Officers and wore full uniform.

At some stage responsibility for policing at Sheerness and Chatham passed over to the Admiralty Constabulary. This was a private civil police force with full police powers.

The Ministry of Defence Police was formed in 1971 by the merger of three civil constabularies, the Air Force Department Constabulary (AFDC), previously under the control of the Air Ministry, The Army Department Constabulary (ADC), previously under the control of the War Office, and the Admiralty Constabulary, previously under the control of the Admiralty.

The MoD Police had a large station at Chatham Naval Base and the dockyard area. They remained here until it was sadly closed down a few years ago...

Unlike the Service Police, the MDP is a civil police force, it is responsible for policing the Defence Estate throughout the United Kingdom. It does not normally become involved in the day to day policing of the general public.

The MDP is primarily responsible for policing Ministry of Defence property, personnel, land, and installations within the United Kingdom and also provides armed front line security at many defence sites throughout the country. MDP officers are attested as constables in one of the three legal systems of the UK (England & Wales, Scotland, & Northern Ireland), though the location of their attestation is not a limiting factor on their ability to exercise constabulary powers. MDP officers jurisdiction relates to subject, rather than solely geographic area. Officers are based throughout the UK and exercise their jurisdiction over matters relating to the Defence Estate, there is no requirement for them to be on MOD Land when doing so. MDP officers are also able to act as constables of other police forces.

The MDP separates its activities into five key areas:

    * Armed Guarding & Counter terrorist activities
    * Uniformed General Policing
    * Criminal Investigation & Fraud
    * Defence Policing Policy & Crime Reduction
    * International Policing & Training

All officers are trained to use firearms and about 70% are armed at any one time. MDP Officers were armed with the SA80 assault rifle, Heckler & Koch MP5, and the Browning Hi-Power 9mm pistol but in March 2005 they began tra
nsitioning to the Heckler & Koch MP7 weapon which is currently in use. The MP7 is a smaller weapon falling into the Personal defence weapon classification. Some specialised units continue to use the H&K MP5, SA80A2, as well as the Sig 229 Pistol, which has replaced the Browning 9mm within these units.


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Police at the Dockyard
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2009, 13:18:49 »
One thing had puzzled me whilst searching the Times and that was the regular allocation by Parliamentry Bill of funding for the Police Courts at London & Sheerness. Just found the answer and the Met. Police were responsible for Policing the Dockyard. System was changed in 1895. Pete


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