Occasionally it is not clear from the title of a talk as to what the subject matter is and this morning’s ” All in a Day’s Work ” proved to such an occasion. Chris Helme was , in his own words a “Local Bobby” and his fascinating and most amusing talk covered his 30 years in the police force. His presentation, littered with anecdotes from throughout his police career, clearly showed his love for his work and kept a full house of over 40 members entertained for over an hour. Having set his mind on becoming a policeman from a very early age, he overcame, on leaving school, a series of obstacles including lack of qualifications and failed medicals to eventually being accepted at the age of 19 years. There followed an eventful year with Leeds City police, a resignation, another brief period back with Bradford City Police and then a position on his home beat in Brighouse. Here Chris found complete job fulfilment during 16 years as a Community Policeman followed by another 11 years as Crime Prevention Officer making so much use of his local knowledge that he was awarded after retirement with a BEM for services rendered to his local community
Our next meeting on February 20th will be a talk and slide show on Vancouver by Tom Elkington one of our Forum members.