Royal Air Force Police
Land Rover Series II
Dating from 1960. This vehicle spent most of its life in the Middle East in Jordan, Aden and Cyprus. In 1993 the Queen road in the back to the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Cyprus. It was used as a VIP escort vehicle in Cyprus before being sold to a private owner in Cyprus. Later it was handed back to the RAF who transported it to the UK and used it at RAF Halton in Aylesbury. Following a move to Portsmouth and 12 years stored in a damp garage it was most recently moved to RAF Honington in Suffolk where it has been partly restored.
Two RAF demo police bikes are shown here. The VFR1200 is liked for its power, but the 780cc Crossrunner was criticised for its plastic and ill fitting dash, and the seat not being grippy, throwing the rider forward into the tank under braking!
A close look at the RAF Police badge on the front. The motto ‘fiat justitia’ translates from Latin as ‘let justice be done’.
WJ58 KCO This is a Royal Navy Vauxhall Astra. It carries the normal police livery and has roof markings “RNP” for Royal Navy Police.
Also shown alongside is HJ52 ZUA, a white Ford Transit with “Service Police” markings. It carries a yellow stripe livery and a full blue light bar on the roof.
KSN094 Here is a Opel Vectra 1.9 diesel military police car used by the Cyprus Joint Police Unit. Its main duties are response, escort and general use. Notice the “MP” badge on the c-pillar.
The Cyprus Joint Police Unit is formed from UK military, navy and RAF police officers. The armed forces collectively called British Forces Cyprus have remained based on the island since its independence in 1960 due to its strategic location.
This is a Royal Air Force Police Land Rover ‘Snatch Wagon’. The vehicle is carrying desert camouflage colours with a blue light on the roof. Union Jack and RAF Police signs can also be seen. This picture was taken in Basra, Iraq in 2008.
The side view of the same Snatch Wagon, showing how it is stuck in the mud after responding to a indirect rocket attack.
A Royal Air Force Police Land Rover 110, which was also in Iraq during 2008. This vehicle was hit by indirect fire and the damage to the windscreen can be seen.
The side view of the same Land Rover showing the flat front tyre which was also damaged by enemy fire. The vehicle is fitted with a full-width blue light bar and RAF Police signs.