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25-03-2020, 01:47 PM
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Policing in the 1970ís

Hello Everyone,

I donít know whatís appropriate for a first post, but here goes.

With plenty of time on my hands at the moment I was browsing in all sorts of topics and I saw something elsewhere talking about the differences between modern day policing and the way it was back in the seventies and eighties. It was fascinating and somewhat amusing.

It got me thinking about some of the comical, incredible and probably unbelievable incidents that occurred when I worked with the Met Police back in those days. It truly was a different world.

I might consider posting a few in the coming days. Not in a disrespectful manner, but just for amusement.

Did anyone else experience first hand policing in those times.
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25-03-2020, 01:56 PM
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The first thing that springs to mind is Police were always around. Walking the usual beat, almost always alone which these days can be far more risky. Rarely if ever a female police officer and kids had far more respect for a scary, usually six foot copper. Is it a sign of old age when I say most of today's police officers appear a lot shorter, a lot younger and even wear specs. I failed my police entrance medical back then because I am colourblind. I was gutted.

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25-03-2020, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by EZ Rider ->
The first thing that springs to mind is Police were always around. Walking the usual beat, almost always alone which these days can be far more risky. Rarely if ever a female police officer and kids had far more respect for a scary, usually six foot copper. Is it a sign of old age when I say most of today's police officers appear a lot shorter, a lot younger and even wear specs. I failed my police entrance medical back then because I am colourblind. I was gutted.

Oh and welcome to Off Marky. Just jump in and have fun.
Thanks!

Yes, youíre right. I remember being in an office one day and a fairly young officer came in, went to read something and reached into his pocket and put a pair of glasses on. Everyone looked at him in real surprise and somebody asked, ďGlasses! How did you get in?!Ē

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25-03-2020, 02:11 PM
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Like " Life on Mars"?
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25-03-2020, 02:19 PM
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The Irony was Marky at the time I had the medical which found I was colourblind, I was a qualified TV engineer and a great many tv components were colour coded..resistors etc... I must say I certainly would not want to be in the Met Police these days or any other big city force.
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25-03-2020, 02:48 PM
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There were a time youngsters respected (feared) the Police.
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Like " Life on Mars"?
There's something oddly attractive about Gene Hunt
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25-03-2020, 03:03 PM
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Did I? Oh my life yes. "These ain't stripes on my sleeve son, they're notches" as I smashed my goolies into his knee.

The Manchester police were something special. Cause trouble and you knew about it. Be IN trouble - and non finer.
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There were a time youngsters respected (feared) the Police.
There was a time when constables feared their sergeants too!!
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There were a time youngsters respected (feared) the Police.
Also respected. In "my" neck of the woods anyway. They spoke our language.
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