Sir James stands in the charge office.
Yesterday (4/9/12) saw one of the most famous faces in the history of British policing visit the charge office in which he worked as a sergeant 1950s, as Sir James Anderton paid a visit to the Force Museum and Archive. The Museum is based in the former Newton Street Police Station.
Sir James, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police from 1976 to
1991, took the opportunity to see how the museum, which came into
being during his time in command of the Force, has developed in recent
years. He also meet some familiar faces as he toured the museum
chatting to some of the retired police officers who work there as
Sir James, born in Wigan in 1932, joined the Manchester City Police in 1953 after serving for three years in the Royal Military Police. He rose quickly through the ranks while also studying criminology at the University of Manchester.
He left the Manchester area briefly, to become a chief superintendent with Cheshire Constabulary, and later an assistant chief constable of Leicestershire Constabulary. He returned to Manchester as the Deputy Chief Constable of recently formed Greater Manchester Police in 1975, before taking over as Chief Constable the following year. He was the country’s youngest chief constable at the time.
Sir James was President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) from 1986 to 1987.
He received a Knighthood in 1990.
Sir James said of his visit: “It has been a marvelous day out. I was a sergeant here and well remember sitting behind the desk as prisoner were brought in.
“I can’t think of any place better than this to learn about the history of policing. The Museum is a jewel in the crown.”
For more information about the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives.
For a wider range of information about Greater Manchester Police please visit www.gmp.police.uk
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