A CONCISE HISTORY OF THE
ROYAL AIR FORCE POLICE
Stephen R Davies © 2004
The appointment of Provost Marshal within the UK dates back to the 13th century when they were appointed by the King to keep order in the rabble armies raised by his barons.
In 1629 King Charles I, issued his 'Articles of War' which described the role of his Provost Marshal in the following terms:
During the Peninsular Wars, the Provost Marshal and his staff, serving under the Duke of Wellington, were granted extensive and harsh powers of punishing soldiers discovered committing acts of indiscipline.
In 1855, the official Corps of Military Mounted Police was formed at Aldershot Garrison and the Corps of Military Foot Police were later formed to enforce military orders and regulations.
The RAF was formed on 1 April 1918, by combining the Royal Flying Corps and the RN Air Service.
On the same day, RFC personnel at Halton and Blandford Camps, employed on Camp Police duties became the first members of the RAF Police.
Initially, the Army Provost Marshal was responsible for external policing, training and police policy matters.
Wg Cdr Brierley, an Admin Officer was detailed to act as the first part-time RAF Provost Marshal.
In 1919, the RAF Police School was set up at Halton with Charles Guy and William Kerby as two of the first instructors.
On 1 April 1920, the WRAF was disbanded along with the WRAF Patrol element.
During the same year, Flt Lt Bishop was appointed APM and took over command of the
During the 1920s surplus airmen were being drafted onto Service Police Duties at RAF Stations at home & abroad.
In 1928, the first Mounted RAF Service Police Section formed at Hinaidi in Iraq.
In 1931, King George V, approved the appointment of Sqn Ldr Stammers as the first dedicated RAF Provost Marshal & Chief of Air Force Police. The post had previously been filled by part-time caretakers.
In 1931, Sqn Ldr Richdale, a former Det Insp with Kent Police, took command of the Police School and established the nucleus of the RAF SIB.
In 1936, during the build-up to WW II, a Nazi spy, Dr Gortz, was arrested at Harwich by the SB and later convicted of espionage on the evidence supplied by the RAF Service Police who had been monitoring his activities on RAF Stations in East Anglia and the Home Counties.
During 1937, the Police School left Halton and set up in its new home at Uxbridge with the newly established RAF Police HQ.
In December 1937, RAF Hinaidi closed and the Mounted RAF Service Police rode for 2 days across the dessert to reach a new unit at RAF Habbaniya, over 80 miles away.
In 1939, with the threat of war approaching, the establishment of the RAF Service Police increased and the RAF Police trade was officially approved.
On the outbreak of war, a specially equipped RAF Police Service Unit, commanded by Sqn Ldr Richdale, joined the BEF and deployed into
RAF Dep Asst Provost Marshals (DAPM) established at all Group and Command HQ.
13 RAF Police Districts within the UK formed. District RAFP responsible to PM - Stn RAFP responsible to Stn Cdr.
May 1940 - The BEF including RAFP, evacuated from Dunkirk as the Germans swiftly invaded Belgium and France.
RAFP in London busy dealing with an assortment of offences committed by RAF personnel - thefts, assaults, drunkenness, false impersonation, disciplinary offences and desertion.
Mid 1940 - RAF Security School established at Halton. RAFP trained in security duties. WRAF Police recruited (George & Moll).
1941 - RAFP HQ moves from Uxbridge to Hitchen House in Burnham nr Maidenhead.
Sgt George commissioned as first WRAF DAPM.
RAFP established to provide security during the secret trials on UKs first jet; Gloster Whittle E28/39.
10 May 1941 - RAFP at RAF Turnhouse guard Rudolf Hess for the night following his unexpected arrival by parachute into
February 1942 - RAFP in London assist Met Police to identify RAF Cadet Gordon Cummins, who murdered 4 women and attempted to murder 2 more. Descriptions, bank notes from a pay parade and a lighter belonging to a victim sealed his fate and he was convicted and later hanged for murder.
Mid 1942 - RAFP Sgt attached to the RAF Records Office Gloucester to assist with police enquiries regarding RAF personnel.
PMs Office at the Air Ministry increased to 7 departments commanded by a Wg Cdr: PM1 - General Security Matters. PM2 - RAFP org, discip and personnel. PM3 - Special Enquiries. PM4 - WRAF matters. PM5- Passes, permits and vetting enquiries. PM6 - Special Security Operations. PM7 - Flying Indiscipline Enquiries.
December 1942 - Gp Capt Stammers retires as PM - Replaced by Air Cdre de Putron.
Ministry of Aircraft Production Guard Dog Training School (MAPGDTS) formed at Woodfold nr Gloucester (Lt Col Baldwin & Flt Lt Bathhurst-Brown).
Gp Capt Kerby appointed as first DPM to assist Air Cdre de Putron.
RAFP provides security during secret trials to develop the Barnes Wallace 'Bouncing Bombs' with 617 Sqn, The Dam Busters.
Mid 1943 - Gp Capt Brown & Sqn Ldr Instone attached to HQ 2TAF Bracknell to form RAFP unit to support the planned invasion of France.
Late 1943 - RAFP unit established to support the British N African Air Force.
RAFP Districts with the UK are reduced from 13 to 8. RAFP School moves from Uxbridge to Weeton nr Blackpool.
1944 - RAFP tasked with producing new RAF ID cards and corresponding records.
Early 1944 - RAFP take over the MAPGDS and rename it as RAF Police Dog Training School - First RAFP trainee dog handlers arrive at Woodfold in March.
Cpl King forms the RAFP Dance Orchestra at the RAFP HQ.
24 March 1944 - The Great Escape of 76 RAF POW takes place at Stalag Luft III.
April 1944 - 50 out of the 76 recaptured RAF POW are executed by the Gestapo on the orders of Adolf Hitler.(the other 3 actually evaded capture and eventually made it back to the UK)
6 June 1944 - D-Day invasion of France - No 6 RAFP Sy Section (Sgt Hallam) accompany 2TAF & 21st Canadian Army Group ashore on Juno Beach.
July 1944 - RAFP dog handler (Cpl Thompson & Airdog Gundo) successfully assist ARP in London to search for victims buried after German V1 rocket attacks.
August 1944 - RAFP in Brussels formed the Belgian Auxiliary Air Police Service to assist with guarding and security tasks.
September 1944 - WAAF Police established in the Middle East (Egypt, Palestine, Iraq). One member of WAAF Police joined the Mounted Section at RAF Habbanyia Iraq.
Late 1944 - Provost Marshal seeks to recruit additional RAF Provost Officers.
Air Ministry Order released which instructed RAFSP on units to remove the 'S' from their brassards. All RAFP wear the same style brassards with 'RAFP'.
January 1945 - Establishment of RAFP is 500 officers (55 WAAF) & 20,000 Ors (267 WAAF).
8 May 1945 - Germany defeated with Victory in Europe.
14 August 1945 - After 2 atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, the war in the Far East came to an end.
RAFP become involved in the investigation of RAF mutinies in Iceland, the Far East and the Middle East.
November 1945 - RAFP tasked by War Crimes Judge Advocate to investigate the murder, by the Gestapo, of the 50 recaptured RAF officers at Stalag Luft III.
Wg Cdr Wilfred Bowes and Sqn Ldr Francis McKenna appointed to investigate the Stalag Luft Murders.
During same period, RAFP NCOs are authorised to wear the newly approved white webbing equipment and hat covers (idea - Gp Capt Mclaren & Wg Cdr Brown).
RAFP command worldwide re-structured into Wing Headquarters as follows:
No 1 Wing - Situated in the UK - under command of Gp Capt Newbury.
No 2 Wing - BAFO in Germany - under the command of Gp Capt Brown.
No 3 Wing - In the Middle East - under the command of Gp Capt Grove.
No 4 Wing - In the Far East - under the command of Gp Capt Champion.
The 6 UK RAFP District HQs, commanded by a Wg Cdr APM are:
No 1 District - Located in Edinburgh.
No 2 District - Located in Newcastle.
No 3 District - Located in Nottingham.
No 4 District - Located in Duxford.
No 5 District - Located in London.
No 6 District - Located in Bristol.
Jan 1946 - RAFP School moves from RAF Weeton to RAF Great Sampford near Braintree in Essex.
Feb 1946 - RAFP Dog School moves from RAF Woodfold to RAF Staverton outside Gloucester. Col Jimmy Baldwin remains as Chief Instructor (Dogs) and Flt Lt R D Cooper is appointed as OC RAFP Dog Training School.
Second RAFP School formed at Buckeburg in Germany to cope with BAFO matters.
RAFP worldwide are established in the UK, Germany, Italy, Gibraltar, Malta, Aden, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Cyprus, Kenya, Rhodesia, Libya, Singapore, Malaya,
India, Ceylon, Burma, Hong Kong, Iceland, and the Cocos Islands.
Nationalist unrest begins to stir in Egypt, India, Burma and Palestine.
Jun 1946 - 30 RAFP Auxiliaries recruited & trained in Singapore.
29 Jun 1946 - Dakota aircraft with 20 RAFP NCOs on board crashes in Singapore in a storm with no survivors.
Jul 1946 - RAFP vehicles in Egypt fitted with 2 way radios for efficiency - These helped during the successful search to locate the body of an airman, murdered and buried in the dessert by a Sudanese robber.
Oct 1946 - RAFP School moves from Great Sampford and joins the RAFP Dog School at RAF Staverton.
1 Jan 1947 - RAF Provost Branch formally recognised as a specialist branch in RAF.
May 1947 - The first edition of the RAFP journal 'Provost Parade' is published - sold for a shilling.
July 1947 - First 18 defendants implicated in the Stalag Luft III murder investigation go on trial at Hamburg. Case continues.
Aug 1947 - Independence for India - RAFP leave the mainland. Assistance to Pakistan in forming & training their PAF Police.
Jun 1948 - As the RAF withdrew from Palestine, 40 RAFP Dog Teams appeared on parade in public for the first time at the 3 Counties Agricultural Show at Staverton.
FS McNeil RAFP was murdered on duty by 3 Arabs on a journey between Ismailia and Fayid in Egypt.
In Berlin & Germany, the Berlin Airlift was well under way with RAFP fully committed to support the operation.
RAFP School moves to RAF Pershore.
Oct 1948 - The remaining defendants in the Stalag Luft III, murder investigation go on trial at Hamburg.
Nov 1948 - To promote overall efficiency professionalism amongst RAFP Flights, the PM introduced an annual competition and trophy known as the 'De Putron Trophy'.
Jan 1949 - RAFP supervise the loading aboard USS Atenas in Liverpool Docks, the last 300 coffins of US Servicemen killed in WW2, being returned to the USA.
Jan 1949 - Sqn Ldr McKenna appointed an OBE for his work in bringing the Stalag Luft murderes to justice at Nuremburg.
Apr 1949 - NATO formed and 4 days later the Soviets lifted the blockade of Berlin.
Experimental dog breeding program at the Dog School was terminated as being non-cost effective and unreliable.
Jun 1949 - RAFP Dog Demo Team appear for first time at Royal Tournament Olympia and were an instant PR success.
Sep 1949 - RAFP at RAF Filton control crowds & huge media interest during maiden flight of huge Brabazon pax aircraft.
Oct 1949 - 18 RAFP NCOs from RAF Buckeburg Germany formed into Special VIP Escort Unit for Brit High Comm; Gen Sir Brian Robertson.
Nov 1949 - RAFP Auxiliaries formed on Cyprus and RAFP NCOs in Rhodesia tasked with training Rhodesian Military Police NCOs.
Jan 1950 - 2 RAFP Dog handlers sent to Malaya to assist Commissioner of Police in establishing their own Police Dog Unit.
Jul 1950 - Large RAFP presence at RAF Farnborough for the first post war public RAF Flying / Static Display attended by the Royal Family.
Sep 1950 - RAFP established at the newly formed Inter-services Identification Bureau in Hong Kong. Vetting Agency for Royal Naval Dockyard & Armed Forces in HK.
Dec 1950 - RAFP & RMP assist in controlling serious riots in Singapore following sectarian problems.
King George VI, graciously approves the Griffin badge & motto 'Fiat Justitia', designed by Wg Cdr Henniker-Heaton and Flt Lt McMahon, AMPs.
Over this period the experience and professionalism of the Provost Branch is greatly improved as former colonial Police Officers are commissioned into the RAF.
At the end of 1950, the Stalag Luft III, murder investigation is brought to an end following the last Nuremburg War Crimes Trial. Results: 21 defendants were sentenced to death. 17 defendants received various prison terms. 11 defendants committed suicide in custody. 8 defendants were acquitted. 6 were still believed to be at large and their whereabouts were unknown. 10 were believed to have been killed before the war ended.
Feb 1951 - As the RAFP Dog School left RAF Staverton and joined The RAFP School at RAF Pershore, the RAF carried out a review of security as tension between the East & West developed into the 'Cold War'. RAFP under the control of the PM were re-titled as Provost & Security Service (known thereafter as P&SS).
Mar 1951 - 6 RAFP Reserve Flights formed in UK at Cambridge, Liverpool, Derby, Stanmore Park, Glasgow and Bristol.
Apr 1951 - The RAFP badge is formally handed over to the PM, during a parade at RAF Pershore, by AVM Sanderson.
During the same month, members of the RAFP are established at the NATO HQ at Fontainbleau in France.
May 1951 - Air Cdre de Putron retires from the RAF after a successful appointment which saw the establishment of the RAFP grow from 1,000 to a peak of 20,500. He was succeeded by Air Cdre Yarde.
Jun 1951 - RAFP Dog Teams presented to HRH Queen Mary at Royal Tournament.
Sep 1951 - Large RAFP presence at the 4th Singapore Air Day at Kallang Airport, which was attended by 30,000 members of the public. In addition the local RAFP Dog Demo Team entertained the crowds.
Jan 1952 - Ismailia - Cpl Kirk RAFP killed and Cpl Clarke RAFP wounded by Egyptian terrorists as they responded to assist a British Army unit being attacked.
Feb 1952 - RAFP School completed move from RAF Pershore to RAF Netheravon in Wiltshire and was re-titled as the Royal Air Force Police Depot. In addition, an RAFP tie (dark blue with silver griffins) was authorised to be worn with civilian dress.
Oct 1952 - UK tests her first Atomic Bomb on Monte Bello Islands W of Australia.
Nov 1952 - 15 RAFP dogs transported by air for the first time between RAF Abingdon and RAF Gutesloh in Germany.
Oct 1952 - Mau Mau State of emergency declared in Kenya - RAFP at RAF Eastleigh increase internal security measures. The Yfai Tribe in the Sultanate of Mukalla (Aden) appointed as RAFP Auxiliaries to protect the air staging post at Riyan on the hostile S Arabian coastline.
Jan 1953 - UK P&SS Districts increased from 6 to 7, with the formation of HQ at Castle Bromwich. RAFP on E Coast deploy to assist Civil Authorities during severe flooding.
Feb 1953 - At request of Earl Mountbatten, RAFP established to provide security at HQ Allied Forces (Med) at Floriana, Malta.
Apr 1953 - Air Cdre Yarde promoted and hands over as PM to Air Cdre Carter.
RAFP Dog Handlers in Hong Kong appear on public parade for the first time.
May 1953 - 40 members of the RAFP on parade in London to mark the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. RAFP presence on discipline patrol in
London over the week.
Jun 1953 - Large RAFP presence at RAF Odiham for the Royal Review of the RAF. Venue hosts the largest every assembly of RAF aircraft and equipment.
Aug 1953 - Flt Lt Player became the first RAF Provost Officer to complete the Home Office Detective Course at Hutton Hall, HQ Lancashire Constabulary.
Oct 1953 - Lt Col Jimmy Baldwin retires as RAF Chief Training Officer (Dogs) and hands over to Mr Charles Fricker.
By late 1953 - The first kiloton range 'Blue Danube' atomic weapon was delivered to the RAF to be matched with the 'V Force',
Britain's nuclear deterrent strike force.
No 543 Bomber Sqn formed at RAF Gaydon with Valiant bombers became the first nuclear armed part of the V Force.
The RAF Police commence nuclear security duties, a task which will last for just over 40 years.
1 Mar 1954 - P&SS organisation at home and abroad re- organised. Wing HQs abandoned and newly established District HQs re-numbered as follows:
No 1 Dist - Bishopbriggs - Scotland.
No 2 Dist - Weeton - Lancs.
No 3 Dist - Hucknall - Notts.
No 5 Dist - Ruislip - Middlesex.
No 6 Dist - Filton - Bristol.
No 7 Dist - Castle Bromwich - W Mids.
No 8 Dist - Gibraltar.
No 9 Dist - Malta.
No10 Dist - N Ireland.
No21 Dist - Ismailia - Egypt.
No22 Dist - Steamer Point - Aden.
No23 Dist - Habbanyia - Iraq.
No24 Dist - Nicosia - Cyprus.
No31 Dist - Changi - Singapore.
No32 Dist - Kuala Lumpar - Malaya.
No33 Dist - Colombo - Ceylon.
No34 Dist - Kai Tak - Hong Kong.
No41 Dist - Buckeburg - Germany.
No42 Dist - Wahn - Germany.
Apr 1954 - RAFP Singapore assist CivPol dealing with the crash of large Constellation passenger aircraft at Kallang, killing all on board.
During same month, RAFP Auxiliaries in Ceylon sworn in as Special Constables to assist during visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
May 1954 - Cpl Elvin RAFP and his dog, assist British Army patrols in Malaya to track down terrorists in the jungle.
Jun 1954 - The first 4 members of the USAF Air Police arrive at the RAFP School to be trained as dog handlers.
Jul 1954 - RAFP at RAF Eastleigh, Kenya, ambush Mau Mau terrorists and make 22 arrests and recover weapons/other evidence.
Aug 1954 - The EOKA terrorists in Cyprus begin to stir up trouble on the island.
Oct 1954 - Air Cdre Carter retires as PM and is replaced by Air Cdre Proud.
May 1955 - The Warsaw Pact is signed by the Soviet Union and 7 of her allies - The Cold War threat increases as the soviets continue to stockpile military hardware and research development of nuclear weapons.
Jun 1955 - P&SS Traffic Sections formed in W Germany to deal with the increasing number of fatal/serious accidents involving personnel under RAF law.
24 Aug 1955 - Without warning an armed American Serviceman; Napoleon Greene, went berserk at RAF Manston, and killed 3 people and seriously injured 7 others before committing suicide. During the incident, Cpl R P Grayer RAFP (22 yrs old) was shot dead by Greene as he desperately tried to rescue a young girl from the mayhem. Unfortunately, the tragedy increased later when Sgt J Sutcliffe the SNCO IC RAFP there collapsed and died of a heart attack.
Sep 1955 - The EOKA violence in Cyprus increases and RAFP & RMP placed on full alert - RAFP carry out TCS checks at Larnaca & Nicosia Airports.
18 Feb 1956 - Avro York passenger aircraft taking off from RAF Valetta, Malta crashes killing all 50 personnel on board including 14 RAFP NCOs on route to the
Jul 1956 - Following Egyptian take-over of Suez Canal RAFP join British Task Force assembled to liberate the waterway.
Sep 1956 - Air Cdre Proud retires as PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Kerby, the first man to hold all ranks within the RAFP from AC up to Air Cdre
Oct 1956 - Op Musketeer - The liberation of the Suez Canal launched - RAFP join the invasion force in Cyprus & Egypt.
1957 - RAFP Stationed on Christmas Island to provide Police & Security support during the testing of Britain's first Hydrogen nuclear weapons.
Sep 1957 - 3 RAFP NCOs at RAF West Raynham rescue the crew of a USAF B45 bomber which crashed and burst in flames.
First Annual RAFP Working Dog Trials held at RAFP Depot Netheravon & the trade of Kennel-Maid was officially authorised within the RAFP Trade Group.
RAF took delivery of the newly designed 'Yellow Sun' thermonuclear megaton bomb. The V Force increases along with RAFP nuclear security commitments.
Early 1958 - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) formed.
A stand-off launched megaton nuclear weapon 'Blue Steel', with a range of 100 miles enters service with the RAF V Force.
May 1958 - State of emergency declared in Aden in response to Egyptian backed anti-British terrorist activity.
Jul 1958 - RAFP assist with security at Cardiff Commonwealth Games accommodation site at RAF St Athan.
Sep 1958 - RAFP established to provide security at the first site used to deploy the RAF's first 'Thor' ballistic missiles.
Dec 1958 - UK P&SS Districts reduced from 7 to 5:
No 1 - RAF Turnhouse - Scotland.
No 2 - RAF Church Fenton - Northern.
No 3 - RAF Spitalgate - Central.
No 4 - RAF Innsworth - Western.
No 5 - RAF Northolt - Southern.
Jun 1959 - RAF withdraws from Iraq - The horses from the RAFP Mounted Section are transferred to Cyprus.
Tension in many of Britain's overseas territories becomes unsettled and in a number of areas, hostile anti-British demonstrations and violent terrorist activity are becoming common-place. The British Government are forced to take action.
Early 1960's - As travel by air replaces troopship movements, the RAFP become fully involved with Travel Control Security (TCS) measures.
Feb 1960 - Air Cdre Kerby retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Gardner.
The enquiry report by Lord Radcliffe into National Security is published and RAF Security measures are reviewed.
Feb 1960 - The first 7 RAFP Auxiliaries are trained as dog handlers on Cyprus.
Mar 1960 - CND protests at RAF units within the UK require deployment of additional RAFP to maintain security.
Apr 1960 - RAFP Dog Demo Team are extremely popular and an instant success to the 250,000 people who attended the 30 performances of the Royal Tournament at Earls Court.
Aug 1960 - The RAFP Depot moves from RAF Netheravon to RAF Debden near Saffron Waldon.
Sep 1960 - Cyprus is granted independence & the Sovereign Base Area (SBA) Police is formed - However, because of manning shortfalls, 35 RAFP NCOs are sworn in as constables and attached to establish and run the force for the first 6 months of its life.
Dec 1960 - National Service conscription into the British Forces ends - ACpl John Stewart from Greenock in Scotland became the last national serviceman to join the ranks of the RAFP.
Dec 1960 - Counter Intelligence courses developed at the RAFP School.
20 Aug 1961 - The Berlin Wall is erected by the E German Authorities, together with the 'Iron Curtain' between the East & West. P&SS stationed in
Berlin functioned as the only RAFP unit behind the 'Iron Curtain'.
Start of 1962 - Tension increases between East & West over the Cuban Missile crisis. The possibility of nuclear war became a reality as the crisis peaked.
Jul 1962 - Air Cdre Gardner retires as PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Millar.
Mar 1963 - RAFP are attached to the Joint Service Police Unit in Borneo to assist the Sultan in maintaining law and order following a violent rebel uprising.
Jun 1963 - RAFP from Waddington, Scampton, Conningsby, Hemswell and Finningly assembled at RAF Waddington to provide security & anti-CND cover during a visit by US President, J F Kennedy.
1963 - 'Village Constable' policing smaller non-operational RAF units is introduced.
Jun 1963 - Dog School leaves Netheravon and joins the RAFP Depot at RAF Debden.
Dec 1963 - A 2 horse RAFP Mounted Section formed at RAF El Adem in Libya.
Jan 1964 - P&SS Berlin involved in the security operation during the exchange of alleged agents; Greville Wynne (MI5) and Gordon Lonsdale (KGB) which took place on Berlin Wall.
Feb 1964 - Following Radcliffe review of RAF Security, Air Cdre Pike appointed as new Director of Security RAF, while PM retains responsibility for police matters.
Mar 1964 - RAFP NCOs join UN Peace-keeping force in Cyprus to keep Turkish (in North) & Greek (in South) Cypriots apart.
Late 1964 - Egyptian sponsored violent terrorist activity within Aden increases dramatically and British Forces are placed on full alert.
Nov 1965 - Air Cdre Millar retires as PM & is succeeded by Air Cdre Inness.
Dec 1965 - No10 RAFP Dist at RAF Sydenham in N Ireland is disbanded and becomes a detachment of No1 RAFP Dist.
Jul 1966 - RAFP NCOs established at the NATO HQ in Brussels, following the transfer from Fontainbleau in France.
RAFP employed on TCS duties at RAF Changi also act as Customs & Immigration Officers for Singapore Government.
Dec 1966 - P&SS Det at RAF Eastleigh in Kenya disbanded but RAFP NCOs remain to train new Kenyan Air Force Police.
Christmas eve - 2 RAFP NCOs on TCS duty in Aden are seriously injured when a terrorist bomb explodes in freight shed at RAF Khormaksar.
Feb 1967 - The terrorist problem in Aden becomes so serious and violent that wives are issued with machine guns for self defence.
Jul 1967 - Service families and non essential personnel are evacuated from Aden as situation becomes chaotic.
Nov 1967 - All British personnel & Forces are withdrawn from Aden which is abandoned and left to its own fate by HM Government.
Dec 1967 - P&SS called in to assist Civil Police investigation following the discovery of murdered airwoman in woods near to RAF Halton.
1 Apr 1968 - 50th Anniversary of the RAF and the RAF Police - RAFP deployed at various high profile celebrations at home and abroad providing police & Sy support.
May 1968 - RAFP NCOs volunteer as film extras during the making of the film; Battle of Britain at RAF Debden & RAF Duxford.
Mid 1968 - Ch Tech Britten jailed for 19 yrs for spying for the Russians. He had been under P&SS and Special Branch observation for some time before his arrest.
Oct 1968 - The 5 UK RAFP Districts are abolished and replaced by 3 P&SS Regional HQs; - P&SS(Northern Region) based at RAF Linton-on-Ouse with detachments in N Ireland and Scotland. P&SS(Central Region) based at RAF Spitalgate. P&SS (Southern Region) based at RAF Northolt.
P&SS Support Sqn formed at Northolt under the command of Sqn Ldr Thompson.
Air Cdre Inness retires as PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Panton.
Apr 1969 - The 2 appointments of Director of Security and PM combined to form a single appointment re-titled; Director of Security & Provost Marshal (RAF) - (DSy&PM(RAF).
May 1969 - Support Sqn motorcyclists provide escort for RAF pilots through London to take part in the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race.
Mid 1969 - State of emergency declared in N Ireland as situation deteriorates.
Sep 1969 - Instant success as the RAFP Dog Demo Team go on tour of Canada & USA with the Parachute Regt.
Dec 1969 - RAFP in Cyprus assist local authorities to clear up after severe weather conditions cause chaos in Limassol.
Jan 1970 - RAFP Dogs trained for the first time to detect the drug Cannabis.
Feb 1970 - Security Officers courses commenced at the RAFP School to train non-police security officers the basics.
Mar 1970 - The RAF withdrew from RAF El Adem their last unit in Libya.
May 1970 - The RAF withdrew from RAF Seletar in Singapore.
Late 1970 - With the introduction into service of the Harrier jump jet, RAFP deploy into field conditions during combat exercises to support operations.
18 Feb 1971 - RAFP Auxiliaries in FEAF celebrate their Silver Anniversary at RAF Changi (Establishment up to 400 men).
Mar 1971 - Operation Golden Eagle - NCOs from Support Sqn arrive at RAF Cranwell to provide enhanced security while HRH The Prince of Wales undergoes his officer and flying training to become a pilot.
Jun 1971 - 2 solid silver mace heads were donated by the RAFP to St Clement Danes church in Londonto replace 2 which were stolen during the previous year.
Jul 1971 - Ch Tech Prager jailed for 12 yrs for spying for the Russians while in RAF.
Sep 1971 - HQ P&SS(FEAF) disbanded and RAF Tengah in Singapore closed.
Oct 1971 - Air Cdre Panton retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Shephard.
Dec 1971 - RAF Changi in Singapore and RAF Muharraq in Bahrain close down.
Apr 1972 - RAF make final withdrawal from Singapore and last RAFP Mounted Section at Akrotiri in Cyprus is disbanded.
Jun 1972 - Provost Branch celebrate their Silver Anniversary at the RAFP Depot.
Oct 1972 - RAFP are detached to No1 Regt RMP in N Ireland to assist with patrolling the 'streets'. RAF Provost Officer; Squadron Leader J Roberts is nominated as first OC RAFP Det & 2IC No 1 Regt RMP. Succeeded by Squadron Leader C Burghope.
Jun 1973 - First Royal Review of the RAFP & Provost Branch carried out by HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, at the RAFP Depot Debden.
Jul 1973 - RAFP & RMP NCO on joint patrol in Londonderry shot & wounded.
Late 1973 - Cpl I'anson an RAFP FX Dog handler narrowly escapes death as a booby trap bomb explodes in a house being searched in N Ireland - Sadly however, his dog is killed in action.
Jan 1974 - Air Cdre Shephard retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Player.
Apr 1974 - Sgt Window, a former RAFP NCO, becomes the first RAFP SNCO to be appointed to the Queens Body Guard of the Yeoman.
Jun 1974 - Turkey, fearing a Greek take-over in Cyprus launched an invasion onto the island - panic followed and all British & UN Forces placed on full alert.
Sep 1974 - The political situation in Cyprus calms down but the island is divided with the Turks in the North and the Greeks in the South. The SBAs remain intact.
Oct 1974 - RAFP Depot is disbanded and re-titled RAFP School and moves from Debden to RAF Newton, Nottingham.
Nov 1975 - RAFP detachments to RMP Units in N Ireland, come to an end.
Feb 1976 - Air Cdre Player retires as PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Innes.
Mar 1976 - RAF Gan in the Indian Ocean and RAF Masirah in Oman close.
Apr 1976 - RAFP, RAF Regt & RAF Fire Service combine to form Trade Group 8. AVM Griffiths is appointed Director General RAF Security and PM becomes Deputy Director of RAF Sy & PM(RAF).
Apr 1976 - Fighter, Bomber & Coastal Commands disbanded to form HQ Strike Command, while Training, Transport & Maintenance Commands disbanded to form HQ Support Command. RAFP Provost staff established at each of the 2 new HQs.
Sep 1976 - Mr Charles Fricker retires and is succeeded as Chief Training Officer (Dogs) by Mr Terry McHaffie.
Early 1977 - RAFP brassard replaced for normal use by newly designed epaulettes.
Jun 1977 - PMs Dept move out from Bromyard Ave in Acton - PM and staff to MOD Whitehall - HQ P&SS(UK) to RAF Rudloe Manor in Wiltshire - Support Sqn & RAF P&SS(SR) move from Northolt to join HQ P&SS(UK) at Rudloe Manor.
Jul 1977 - RAFP are out in force to support the largest ever Royal Review of the RAF at RAF Finningly, which also marked the Silver Jubilee celebrations of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Apr 1978 - The RAFP Dog School is selected by HM Customs & Excise to provide trained drug detection dogs and to train their Drug Detection Teams.
May 1978 - Air Cdre Innes retires as PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Young.
Aug 1978 - An RAFP Flt is established in British Honduras (Belize) to support Harrier jet & Puma helicopter operations against increased threat from
Guatemala to invade the colony.
Dec 1978 - As UK Fire Brigades go out on strike, RAFP along with other military personnel take up fire fighting duties around the country.
Mar 1979 - RAF withdraw from the island of Malta.
Apr 1979 - OC HQ P&SS(UK) receives the new HQ P&SS(UK) Unit badge approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Oct 1979 - RAFP involved in humanitarian Red Cross famine relief in Kampuchea.
Jan 1980 - RAFP NCOs from Support Sqn join Commonwealth Force in Rhodesia to monitor pre-election cease-fire & surrender of weapons from differing political factions.
May 1980 - Operation Golden Eagle II - Support Sqn deploy to RAF Leeming to enhance security while HRH The Prince Andrew trains to become a RN pilot.
Oct 1980 - Operation Ruddock - RAFP deployed to enhance security at Rolleston & Frankland Prison during National Prison Officers strike.
Nov 1980 - As French Foreign Legion & Royal Marines deploy to Vanuatu to restore law & order - RAFP deployed to provide ATSy on Fiji and Vanuatu
in S Pacific.
Jan 1981 - IRA bomb explodes at RAF Uxbridge London causing serious damage. Casualties avoided by prompt action of Stn personnel - P&SS(SR) Investigators sworn in as Special Constables to assist NSY Anti-Terrorist Squad with investigation.
Security at all RAF Stns within the UK reviewed and Gate Controls introduced.
Dec 1981 - Air Cdre Young retires as PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre David.
Apr 1982 - Argentinean Forces invade and occupy the Falkland Islands - British Task Force & Support Sqn prepare to deploy.
May 1982 - His Holiness Pope John Paul II visits the UK and RAFP provide enhanced security measures at RAF Leeming and RAF Turnhouse to facilitate his reception.
Jun 1982 - RAFP from Cyprus assist authorities with the sea evacuation of foreign nationals from war torn Lebanon.
Jun 1982 - Argentinean Forces on the Falkland Islands surrender to British Forces. Support Sqn / RMP / RNRB establish post conflict provost operations on islands.
RAFP NCOs established on Ascension Island to establish a ATSy Airhead between Falklands - Ascension - UK.
Sep 1982 - CND establish a Peace Camp at RAF Greenham Common nr Newbury to protest about deployment of USAF Cruise Tomahawk missiles, capable of carrying nuclear warheads. RAFP deployed to base.
Sep 1982 - 9 RAFP motorcyclists posted onto the strength of USAF 501st Tactical Missile Wing Greenham Common to carry out convoy escort duties during the deployment of the Cruise missiles.
Oct 1982 - RAFP Police Dogs have always been donated to the RAFP by the public - During Oct, the 10,000th dog entered service to become a trained RAFP dog.
Feb 1984 - RAFP from Cyprus assist with a second sea evacuation of refugees from war torn Lebanon.
Apr 1984 - Drug Abuse Prevention Officers established on each of the P&SS Regions in an effort to educate RAF personnel about the dangers of drug & solvent abuse.
Jun1984 - Air Cdre David retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Hales.
Aug 1984 - Sgt Flinn Support Sqn takes part in Exercise Airwave - A 4 month exchange program with the RAAF Police - Sgt Dusting RAAF Police joins Support Sqn. WO Figgins & Sgt Rowe go to Thailand to train Thai Police FX Dog Detection Teams.
Oct 1984 - HQ P&SS(Germany) receive 2 honours when presented with the Wilkinson Sword of Peace (for their outstanding contribution to the 'local community' and charities) and a new Unit Badge approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Nov 1984 - WO Broddle RAFP retired from the service having completed 500 Royal Flights with The Queens Flight. Before he left the service he became only the third member of the RAFP to be granted a private audience with HM Queen Elizabeth II; the first two being Corporal T Maddox and Corporal A Whiteley from No 5 RAF Police District who where granted a private audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the 6th March 1961 at Golestan Palace in the Iranian capital of Tehran.
Jan 1985 - The RAFP once again become engaged in Humanitarian Famine Relief operations - This time in Ethiopia, where security of the Relief flight line & operations area is carried out at Addis Ababa International Airport.
Feb 1985 - A coach carrying the RAF Germany Band on tour crashes on the Autobahn killing and injuring many of those on board. Cpl George Crawford RAFP, their security NCO was amongst those tragically killed.
Mar 1985 - Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the new radical Leader of the Soviet Union and almost immediately talks to the West about bringing an end to the Cold War and his plans to introduce internal political change. The Western world watches with interest as events unfold.
Oct 1985 - P&SS(NR) respond along with civilian emergency services to a large fire at RAF Brampton which completely destroys the premises housing HQ Support Command.
Apr 1985 - Support Sqn send re-force teams to Cyprus & Gibraltar to enhance security on RAF bases after USA is permitted to use UK bases to launch air raids against Libya, following evidence suggesting links with international terrorism.
Apr 1985 - Following a complicated P&SS & Special Branch investigation in Cyprus, the trial of 6 RAF & 2 soldiers, charged with passing secrets to a hostile Intelligence Service, commenced at the Old Bailey in London. Known as the Cyprus Spy Trial.
May 1985 - As RAF Mount Pleasant on the Falkland Islands is opened, the first RNRB / RMP / RAFP Joint Service Police Unit, known as the Falkland Islands Joint Service Police Unit (FIGPU) is formed Oct 1985 - Air Cdre Hales retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Winch.
Oct 1985 - The Cyprus Spy Trial at the Old Bailey collapses and all the defendants are acquitted. Allegations of ill-treatment in RAFP custody were made by defendants which results in the Government ordering a formal inquiry into the matter. Mr George Carman QC is appointed to head the inquiry team.
Oct 1985 - The new Service Police Codes of Practice as part of the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 are introduced into service replacing the Judges Rules.
Mar 1986 - Following a full examination of the evidence submitted to the 'Cyprus Spy Trial Inquiry Team', Mr George Carman QC, cleared the RAFP of all the allegations concerning the ill-treatment of all the defendants whilst in RAF custody.
Aug 1986 - A pro-Libyan terrorist group attacks RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus using mortars & machine guns. Although no-one is killed 2 RAF wives are injured. All police forces on the island go onto full alert.
Mar 1987 - Following the disaster when the Channel ferry; Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized outside Zeebrugge Harbour with a large loss of life, RAFP from the UK and Germany called in to assist with the identification of the service victims.
Apr 1987 - The first RAFP covert Drug Intelligence Teams are established on UK P&SS Regions in an effort to identify drug & solvent abusers within the RAF.
Apr 1987 - FIGPU on the Falkland Islands is re-titled as the Joint Service Police Unit (JSPU) under the command of an RAF Provost Sqn Ldr. All personnel sworn in as Falkland Islands Special Constables.
Jul 1987 - After an absence of 17 yrs, the first 3 females successfully complete their training to become RAF Provost Officers.
Jul 1987 - Thomas Kruger defects from E Germany & lands his light aircraft at RAF Gatow in Berlin. P&SS called to assist with the request for political asylum before handing him over to the West Germans.
Sep 1987 - After 6 yrs of policing the CND Peace camps, the US remove their Cruise missiles from RAF Greenham Common and the RAFP detachments are stopped.
Dec 1987 - After completing a 4 month exchange program with the RNZAF Police, Sgt S R Davies P&SS(SR) returns to the UK.
Dec 1987 - Cpl Bruce RAFP and his Drug detection dog assist the Customs authorities in Gibraltar in searching a Moroccan passenger and finding 6.5 kilos of Cannabis resin (valued at Â£18,000) hidden in a pair of deer antlers he was trying to import.
Dec 1987 - The longest RAFP VIP close protection operation, which had been mounted in Jun 1985, to protect HRH Prince Hussein of Jordan, during his RAF flying training at RAF Cranwell, Valley & Chivenor, ended successfully.
Mar 1988 - 3 IRA suspects are shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar.
Sep 1988 - As the 'Cold War' continues to thaw, Vitaliy Konstantonovich Boyarov, Dep Chief of Soviet Customs & Excise, visits the RAFP School to see how the RAFP train their drug detection dog teams.
Dec 1988 - Mikhail Gorbachev meets Margaret Thatcher at RAF Brize Norton on route to Washington. P&SS & KGB on duty together to provide security during the brief but successful visit.
During 1988 - The IRA mounted a new terror campaign on the European mainland by targeting and killing mainly off duty service personnel and their families in
Germany, Holland and Belgium. Such was the horror of the latest sickening and cowardly attacks, that all Civil and British Service Police forces within the countries affected went on full alert to track down the killers. RAFP reinforcements were drafted into Germanyto assist P&SS and armed patrols were mounted outside RAF Units.
Mid 1988 - P&SS Gibraltar presented with their new Unit Badge, approved by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Early 1989 - The peace accord agreed and signed by Ronald Reagan & Mikhail Gorbachev, brought an end to the 'Cold War' between the East and West and promised a massive reduction in both nuclear and conventional forces. Gorbachev also announced radical changes within the Soviet Union and a new openness known as 'perestroika'.
Feb 1989 - The IRA placed and detonated a bomb in an accommodation block at Clive Barracks Shropshire. Although no-one was killed in the attack, there after, all armed service personnel including the RAFP in the UK carried weapons with ammunition magazines fitted and ready for instant use.
Mar 1989 - Air Cdre Winch retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Seymour.
Oct 1989 - The world is sickened when the IRA shoot and kill an off duty RAF Cpl and his 6 month old daughter in Germany.
Nov 1989 - As the 'Cold War' continues to thaw, the border between East and West Germany is opened without warning and thousands cross into W Germany
from the East. As events unfold revolution against communism erupts in many Eastern Bloc countries.
Dec 1989 - HM Queen Elizabeth II, graciously approved 2 more Unit badges; the first to P&SS (Scotland) and the second to P&SS(Cyprus), Mar 1990 - RAFP take part in a month long detachment to the Far East to protect 6 Tornado aircraft from 5 & 27 Sqn.
Jul 1990 - The UK Government announced their 'Options for Change' plans to reduce the establishment of the UK Armed Forces in line with the reduced threat from the Eastern Bloc. RAF establishment is planned to drop from 89,000 to 75,000 in 2 yrs.
Aug 1990 - Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait triggering of a crisis within the Gulf region.
Sep 1990 - RAFP selected to support the UK air force being assembled to force Iraq out of Kuwait and to provide the close protection of Senior British Officers.
Dec 1990 - RAFP accompany a detachment of 2 Harrier jump jets & a Puma helicopter from Belize to the Aurora Air Base for the Guatemalan National Air Force Day.
Jan 1991 - Coalition Forces begin military action to repel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait and a 4 month security operation undertaken by RAFP at
Cape Canaveral ends with the successful launch of a NATO satellite into orbit.
Apr 1991 - The RAFP dog training element of the branch merged with the Army Dog training to form the Defence Animal Centre (DAC), under the control of the Royal Veterinary Corps at Melton Mowbray - Army Wing at Melton trains horses & FX dogs while RAF Wing at Newton trains specialist drug detection and general patrol dogs.
May 1991 - Trials begin at RAF Cranwell, Shawbury and Uxbridge with the lesser trained and dual handled High Profile Counter-Terrorist Patrol Dogs (HPCT).
Start of 1992 - Various studies and audits take place to look at practical ways to reduce the establishment of the RAF and develop value for money through greater efficiency.
Mar 1992 - Civil war erupts within the former Yugoslavia and RAFP are deployed to protect RAF transport aircraft assisting the UN with their humanitarian relief efforts.
Jan 1993 - RAFP from the UK & Germany on 4 month detachments to fill unestablished posts to support UN operations in S Arabia, Turkey, Bahrain, Italy and Bosnia.
Apr 1993 - The RAF & RAFP celebrates its 75th Anniversary whilst being pressurised to reduce the defence budget and establishment.
Jun 1993 - To cope with closures of RAF units, the UK P&SS regions are increased from 3 to 6 but with reduced manning; P&SS(Scotland) RAF Turnhouse, P&SS(NI) RAF Aldergrove, P&SS(NR) & P&SS(CR) RAF Newton, P&SS(WR) & P&SS(SR) RAF Rudloe Manor.
Sep 1993 - RAF Gutesloh in Germany closes and P&SS(Det N Germany) is disbanded and recovers to HQ P&SS(Germany).
Nov 1993 - Air Cdre Seymour retires as the PM and is succeeded by Air Cdre Uprichard.
Dec 1993 - A second 4 month security operation, carried out by the RAFP at Cape Canaveral in Florida, comes to an end as the NATO IVB military satellite is successfully launched into orbit.
Apr 1994 - HQ Support Command disbanded. 2 new commands; HQ Personnel & Training Command and HQ Logistics Command are formed. HQ RAF Germany demoted to a Group HQ with HQ Strike Command.
Jul 1994 - As part of their plan to further reduce the strength of the UK Armed Forces the Government announced their 'Front Line First' initiative - The RAF were to reduce their establishment by a further 7,500 to 67,500.
Jul 1994 - Plans are announced to disband the trade of Kennel-Assistant and The RAFP Dog Demonstration Team. Efforts are made to find sponsorship to keep the team up and running.
Aug 1994 - Final RAFP UK Dog Trials held at Newton before it closes and dog training moves to the DAC & the school to Halton.
31 Aug 1994 - After 25 yrs of terrorism and bloodshed in N Ireland, the PIRA agrees to a permanent cease-fire in the province.
Sep 1994 - Following the unification of W & E Germany; All American, French and British forces are withdrawn from Berlin and P&SS (Berlin Det) is disbanded. In addition, RAF Belize is closed and RAFP return to the UK.
18 Sep 1994 - With the price of official sponsorship set at too high a price, the RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team is disbanded.
Oct 1994 - A/WO Summers RAFP returns from Zimbabwe after successfully training their Air Force & Military Police personnel.
Jan 1995 - Wayne Eric Doyle, a convicted drug dealer who fled from the UK was returned to justice in London after being arrested in Cyprus and kept for 3 months in RAFP custody at RAF Akrotiri while the necessary arrangements were made for his extradition. The RAFP custody NCOs looking after him were duly sworn in as Special Constables of the SBA Police to carry out their unusual task.
Mar 1995 - As part of the continuing defence cuts, 150 RAFP NCOs were offered and took their redundancy from the service.
Apr 1995 - With the disbanding of the 3 separate service security directorates, a newly established single MOD Security Directorate emerged. The PM, re-titled as the Air Officer Security & Provost Marshal (RAF) AOSy & PM(RAF), leaves MOD and sets up his office at HQ P&SS(UK) RAF Rudloe Manor.
RAFP School & Dog Training School leave Newton. School goes to Halton and dog training to the DAC.
1995 - Membership of the RAF Police Association increases as former members of the Branch throughout the country and overseas join up.
Apr 1996 - Trade Group 10 (RAF Admin) is disbanded and accordingly, RAFP take over the administration and running of RAF unit guardrooms once again.
Jun 1996 - RAFP personnel return to the UK after taking part in a 2 month training exercise called; 'Purple Star 96', which took place in North Carolina &
Virginia in the USA.
Jun 1996 - RAFP respond to assist with rescue efforts and security after terrorists in S Arabia detonated a huge vehicle bomb at the Dhahran Air Base which totally destroyed an accommodation block at the used by American military personnel, killing and injuring many.
P&SS(NR) move to RAF Linton-on-Ouse. P&SS(CR) move to RAF Cranwell. P&SS(SR) move to RAF Halton and P&SS(Scot) move to RAF Buchan. P&SS(WR) remains at RAF Rudloe Manor while P&SS(NI) remains at RAF Aldergrove.
Dec 1996 - RAF Sek Kong in Hong Kong closes in preparation for the handing over of the colony to the Chinese. RAFP Section closes and personnel returned to the
Apr 1997 - In an effort to reduce defence costs and improve efficiency, Vetting Wing of HQ P&SS (UK) is disbanded and is absorbed into the newly established single Defence Vetting Agency (DVA).
P&SS(Cyprus) & P&SS(Gibraltar) merge with the RN & Army and are re-titled as Joint Service Police & Security Units (JSP&SU).
May 1997 - AOSy & PM(RAF) leaves Rudloe Manor to set up office at HQ Strike Command. The book entitled 'Fiat Justitia - A History of the Royal Air Force Police' by Stephen R Davies (a serving RAFP FS) is published.
Serious RAFP manning shortages throughout the RAF world, coupled with the 4 month detachments in support of UN peace-keeping missions, begin to cause a strain to the system.
31 Jun 1997 - British troops withdraw from Hong Kong as it's handed back over to China.
Aug 1997 - As membership increases, the number of regional branches of the RAF Police Association is increased to 7; E Midlands - W Midlands - NW England - Hants & Dorset - S Wales - E Anglia & Essex - Scotland.
Sep 1997 - Morale amongst the rank of A/Cpl and Cpl is seriously deflated as their scales of pay are reduced after a recommendation by the Defence Job Evaluation Team.
Oct 1997 - MOD announced that full time reservists will be recruited into the RAFP to overcome manning shortfalls.
Dec 1997 - AOSy&PM(RAF) announces the start of an internal study, to be conducted by Wg Cdr Court HQ PTC, into the future of the RAF Police; known as 'Provost 2000'.
Feb 1998 - Once again British & American forces on full alert when
fails to comply with UN directives. However, conflict in the Gulf is narrowly averted by the personal intervention of the UN Secretary General, who managed to advise Saddam Hussein, to co-operate with the UN Weapons Inspection Teams.
Mar 1998 - Strength of the RAF reduced to 56,064 and the strength of the RAFP stood at 162 Provost Officers & 2,200 other ranks.
1 Apr 1998 - As the RAF celebrates its 80th Anniversary, control of the P&SS organisation is transferred from HQ PTC to HQ Strike Command under the direct control of AOSy & PM(RAF). In addition, HQ P&SS(UK) is re-titled as HQ P&SS.
The HQ P&SS Passes & Permits section is disbanded and transferred to the Defence Passes & Permits Agency at Worthy Down.
Apr 1998 - Provost Marshals' Standards Unit (PMSU) which had been at Rudloe Manor since the RAFP School left Newton, moved again to set up at HQ PTC Command Security.
Apr 1998 - The Government announces that all nuclear weapons held by the RAF are to be de-commissioned during the year, leaving the UK nuclear deterrant in the hands of the RN.
10 Apr 1998 - Agreement reached in N Ireland during the 'All Party Talks', to look towards peace within the province by democratic political means and not through violence.
Oct 1998 - HQ P&SS and RAF P&SS (WR) move from RAF Rudloe Manor. HQ P&SS to RAF Henlow, near Hitchen and RAF P&SS (WR) to RAF Innsworth near Gloucester.
Oct - 1998 - An oil painting depicting the RAF Police at work is formally presented to Sqn Ldr Hunter, OC P&STS at Halton.
Oct 1998 - Air Commodore Uprichard retired and was succeeded as the 20th PM by Air Commodore R M McConnell.
Nov 1998 - The PM investigates the feasibility of forming a tri-service police training school at one of four locations; RAF Halton, the RMP Depot Chichester, Army Worthy Down or HMS Whale Island.
Dec 1998 - Provost & Security 2000 'study paper' presented to the Air Force Board.
Sep 2000 - Air Cdre McConnell hands over as AOSy&PM to Air Cdre C Morgan.
Aug 2001 - RAF begins final stage to withdraw from Germany by closing RAF Bruggen the last RAF operational Stn within the group.
Sep 2001 - Islamic terrorists hijack 4 civil aircraft in USA. 2 are crashed into the WTC New York, one into the Pentagon Washington DC and one in
Pennsylvania. The world is stunned by the huge loss of life. Soon after US & UK start to plan attack on Osama Bin Laden's HQ in Afghanistan.
Oct 2001 - US & British troops begin 'Op Enduring Freedom' by launching airstrikes against Al Qaida in Afghanistan.
Dec 2001 - The first RAFP from HQ P&SS TPW enter Afghanistan.
Jan 2002 - On the orders of the PM, RAF Provost Officers replace their APM shoulder insignia with RAFP versions to bring an end to the confusion of what APM stands for with other forces.
Early 2002 - PM announces radical changes to the way RAFP are employed. RAFP in future to concentrate on core police skills and abandon 'mis-employment' on Stn Guard duties and other types of duties.
Jun 2002 - RAFP deployed at various locations in connection with the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Jul 2002 - PM releases details of units earmarked for MPGS sections to replace RAFP mis-employed as Stn guards.
Jul 2002 - RAFP return from Afhganistan after 2 months of instructing new recruits in the Afhgan Police in Kabul.
Aug 2002 - Serious demonstrations take place at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus against the proposed building of a radio mast at Salt Lake site. RAFP injured during troubles.
Sep 2002 - In response to Saddam Hussein's refusal to co-operate with UN, US & British forces start planning for military action against Iraq.
Nov 2002 - RAFP take part in 'Op Fresco' to provide fire service cover during a national strike by civil firefighters.
During the year - PM authorises trials in Cyprus of white beret for RAFP.
20 Mar 2003 - American and British forces launched a number of air strikes on targets around Baghdad and in the south of the country to prepare for a full stage military invasion of Iraq.
End of Apr 2003 - coalition forces controlled Iraq and began the process of trying to restore order and government.
28 Jul 2003 - First platoon of MPGS soldiers took over responsibility for the physical security of RAF Linton-on-Ouse from RAFP.
Oct 2003 - Directive from Provost Marshal stating that all ranks of the RAFP will wear newly issued 'MP' badges on their 'Soldier 95' disruptive pattern combat clothing to distinguish them as military police personnel to civilians and multi-national military personnel.
Dec 2003 - Commemorations around the world marked the first century of flight by fixed wing aircraft.
RAFP Association area branches within the United Kingdom stood at fifteen, comprising; Western Branch, Hants and Dorset Branch, South Wales Branch, East Midlands Branch, Scottish & N Ireland Branch, Norfolk Branch, South West Area Branch, London & SE Area Branch, North West Area Branch, North Yorkshire Branch, Midlands Branch, South Yorkshire Branch, Essex and Suffolk Branch, Durham Tyne & Wear branch and finally the Mid-Anglia Branch.
Feb 2004 - Air Commodore C Morgan retires as PM and Air Commodore P J Drissell becomes the 2nd RAF Regiment Officer in history to fill the top RAFP appointment.
Mar 2004 - 60th Anniversary of the RAFP association with police dogs.
1 Apr 2004 - P&STS at RAF Halton re-titled once again to the RAF Police School . Also, Operational control of the Tactical Police Wing (TPW), under the command of Wg Cdr A J Seabright, transferred from HQ P&SS to the HQ of No 2 Group, when it became an independent unit and part of the other RAF elements belonging to the Force Protection Centre based at RAF Honington in Suffolk.
May 2004 - The application for the introduction of the white 'RAFP beret' is rejected by the RAF Dress Policy Committee, for 3 reasons; not a practical colour to maintain; white berets were already acknowledged as the official headdress of the Atlantic Convoy Veterans of World War II; and the introduction of a white beret to RAFP personnel would cause confusion to the wider 'Armed Forces' community. The white beret, with the association cap badge, continued to be adopted by the RAFP Association as a form of headdress to be worn during official occasions and parades.
12 Jun 2004 - The first 'all female' Volunteer RAF Police Dog Demonstration Team performed a display for the public at HMS Collingwood.
Sep 2004 - The Provost & Security Command Staffs from HQ PTC & HQ STC combine at HQ STC High Wycombe as a single organisation within the Provost Marshal's Department to provide an improved and co-ordinated staff function.
30 Oct 2004 - The new RAF Police Association Standard, carried by Mr Keith Adams and escorted by Mr Colin Denley and Mr Ian Gordon, was dedicated at St George's Church , RAF Halton.
THE STORY CONTINUES
Stephen R Davies - RAF Police Association Historian
I have since 1994, been researching the rather complex history of the Royal Air Force Police since its formation on the 1st April 1918 . My first book on the subject 'Fiat Justitia - A History of the Royal Air Force Police' was published in April 1997, and was, I think, well received. As a result, my research, which I compare with trying to complete a massive jigsaw puzzle, without knowing how many pieces are in it or without the aid of the cover picture, continues and I am currently writing a further two books; 'Halt or I'll Release my Dog - RAF Police Dogs on Patrol' and 'Snowdrops - 100 Years of the RAF Police'. I am hoping that the first book will be completed in early 2005. The second book is already a massive manuscript comprising over 850 A4 pages of text alone and of course there are still 14 years to go before reaching the first centenary. To date, I have identified that the RAF Police have been stationed in a rather impressive 63 countries around the world, and that does not include miscellaneous detachments etc.
I was in the RAF Police myself between 1975 and 2000 and had the privilege of visiting some 42 countries on duty. In April 2000 I retired as a flight sergeant specialist in special investigations, counter-intelligence and instructional duties. For some years now, I have been described by certain members of the Association as the 'RAF Police Historian' and although the 'title' is wholly unofficial, I am, without sounding conceited, probably the most knowledgeable person on the subject of RAF Police History as a whole (Although every one of our members holds a valuable piece of the jigsaw). At the moment, the current Provost Marshal (Hon President of the RAFPA) is keen to promote the image of the branch and its past achievements and the Association is also trying to expand and recruit new members, producing a further wealth of historical material. Can the Navy Regulators, the Royal Marine Police or RMP recount their first 100 years in such detail? The answer is definitely, 'No'. The RAF Police however, are already on the way to doing just that. Can you contribute anything to this unique history? If so, please send me your submission. Don't be embarrassed, you may hold an important piece of this gigantic jigsaw that is indeed, the History of the Royal Air Force Police & Provost Branch.
My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org but please do not send large files, photographs etc without first contacting me with your proposals. Thank you.