Category Archives: Parks Police

Small police forces are set up to patrol specific parks and open spaces.

Hampstead Heath Constabulary Vauxhall Mokka

Hampstead Heath Constabulary
Vauxhall Mokka
This car was new to the small London constabulary in 2015. As well as being used for patrolling the heath, it carries first aid equipment including a defibrillator. This is important because the ambulance service often struggle to access the heath and then can find it difficult to navigate. The light bar has been customised to show a single blue light at night so people can see it is a police vehicle from a distance in total darkness.

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LB59 OYS Kew Constabulary Honda Accord. This car has a simple

LB59 OYS Kew Constabulary Honda Accord. This car has a simple livery of green checkers over the silver bodywork. It is a low profile vehicle to fit in with the tranquil Kew Gardens in South West London. It is not fitted with any emergency warning equipment and is the only vehicle operated by the small historic constabulary that looks after the 300 acre gardens. Kew is part of the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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KS63 VCJ Parks Police Service Dacia Duster. The Parks Police

KS63 VCJ Parks Police Service Dacia Duster. The Parks Police Service was formed by a merger of Kensington and Chelsea with Hammersmith and Fulham parks police. The service consists of 30 constables (with five sergeants and an inspector) covering 90 parks and open spaces in the two London Boroughs.

KW63 CRZ Parks Police Service Dacia Duster, sister vehicle to VCJ.

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Kew Constabulary History

The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary (now Kew Constabulary) can trace their history back to the start of Kew Gardens. It was originally policed by the Metropolitan Police, but this changed after 1902. Ex-soldiers from the Boer War were recruited to work as gardeners from 6am to 1pm and constables from 1pm to 4pm. At this point in time, William Aiton was the Head Gardener in charge of policing.

Inspector Thwistleton Dwyer was instrumental in developing the service into a regular police force. His strict approach helped professionalise the body of men carrying out duties such as gate keeping, museum security and general paroling.

 

Police Sergeant Frederick Albert Ball. In 1977 he controlled five corporals and 34 constables in Kew Gardens. He reported to Honorary Inspector S Brookes and had a keen interest in the force’s history.

 

Sergeant Ernest Killick started work at Kew on Monday 14 November 1983 and was placed in charge of the constabulary. He had recently retired from North Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary (now part of North Yorkshire Police) after 30 years service. He took up residence in the gardens with his wife.

 

Head of Security Bob Potter with Constable Edward Ryan in 1995. Bob joined Kew in 1995 to take up the new role of Head of Security which included looking after the Constabulary. He was a Detective Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police until he retired in 1994. Constable Ryan can be seen riding a new mountain bike, introduced to be faster than the previous generation of bikes. He does not have any cycle-specific clothing.

 

Constable Denis Longley worked at Kew from 1953 to 1997. When he started in the Constabulary he was paid £7 per week for working 51 hours. His duties included collecting money on the gates as well as keeping the peace. In the first part of his career there was no transport for the constables. Later came the introduction of bicycles. He is photographed here with his trusty bike on the eve of his retirement.

Images used with kind permission of The Kew Guild

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Kew Constabulary Constables

Constable William Thompson is seen here guarding a cannabis plant as part of an exhibition at Kew Gardens. He is wearing the everyday uniform of the body of constables, including a Stockman hat. The uniform is very similar to the one that gardeners wear. The crest on the left breast bears the previous name of the service, the Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary, with the current name written below.

 

Kew Constable Adele Cox is seen here carrying two cannabis plants for the same exhibition. She is wearing the blue shirt with short sleeves that carries the same force crest.

Images: RBG Kew

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EN06 CYG This silver Ford Transit is used by Redbridge Parks Police…

EN06 CYG This silver Ford Transit is used by Redbridge Parks Police. It carries a simple blue chequered pattern down the sides and “Parks Police” wording.
The view from the rear, highlighting the tinted windows and additional brake and indicator lights on the roof.
A close up look at the light bar. Blue and amber lights can be switched on independently. The service are not trained to use blue flashing lights when on the public highway and the van is not fitted with a siren.
A look into the rear. Some seats have been removed to allow a motorbike to be carried. The wood is used as a ramp.
In this action scene the Transit is seen in use alongside a Parks Police 4×4 to assist the ambulance service in transferring a patient from an ambulance to London’s air ambulance.
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LX55 FFV This silver Vauxhall Zafira DTI is operated…

LX55 FFV This silver Vauxhall Zafira DTI is operated by the Metropolitan Police’s Royal Parks OCU. With the abolition of the Royal Parks Constabulary, the Met have taken over this role. The Vauxhall carries the same livery as regular Met cars, but with the addition of a roof-mounted flood light.
The rear view of two of the Zafiras in the Royal Park’s fleet. The Royal Parks Constabulary was abolished as part of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
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