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PC Ray Bradley.

In June 2007 PC Ray Bradley was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service to Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. He was one of only two PCs in the country to receive this award. Ray is not your average PC as he operates from a police house. Hishouse is nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills and only a short walk from Blagdon Lake. Not only is this his home but it is also his place of work.

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He is not based at any of the force’s police stations but he operates from a residential beat station – a police house – in Blagdon in North Somerset.The house came with the job and Ray is one of the few officers left in the force to serve his community in this way.

Congratulations Ray. It-is nice to hear of an award for a dedicated bit of Policing that is not linked to any high rank but remains at the grassroots service delivery. This reflects the qualities that reflect the service of Policing a community that has almost vanished from the country because of the way the management and target driven culture have been dictated by those who put everything into a business comparison framework and forget that the Police provide a service for which, for the most part, cannot be measured in the same way that profit making entities operate. There are always costs that can be attributed to the various things we do but you simply cannot put a price on a quality service provision, Police, Hospital, Schools, Fire Brigade, Armed Forces and local services to the pensioners who have contributed for most of their adult life. All these things are essential.

When I joined the Police most of the uniformed officer performed their duty exactly in the same fashion as PC Ray Bradley. They were career beat officers, Community Constables. Some diversified and specialised in other areas, CID, Dogs Section, Traffic and the like. The main role was unifomed patrol, usually within the same beat area or from varying beats within a small sub-division of a larger division. Most stations also had canteens and divisional HQs had a club or bar.

How things have changed.

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6 Responses

  1. Year after year I was asked when I would be taking the Sgts exam and going for promotion. Year after year I explained that I wished to be a career Constable, doing what I enjoyed doing and working amongst and with the community. Year after year I was accused of lack of ambition by Sgts and above whose only interest was getting to the next rank. When I retired I was still a Constable (while one of my earlier peers was a Chief Superintendent). At no time did I feel I was lacking in ambition, setting myself targets and goals to make myself a better PC than I had been the previous year. The 50 odd letters from members of the public on my retirement told me that I had gone some way to being successful in my ambition. I congratulate Ray and hope that he is allowed to continue in a role that he so obviously loves.

  2. Changed, yes. But for the better?

  3. Problem is, now that Ray’s good work and eminently sensible (and proper, REAL community focussed policing, not this SNT bull) role, you just know his days are numbered as someone will cost it very shortly, realise that it costs more than centralising him at Weston-Super-Mare or somewhere like that (you know, close enough that they can still technically call him “local”, but too far away to be of any practical use to his community), and re-post him, sell the house and use it as evidence for their next promotion.
    I really think people doing jobs like Ray should be left to it, making him public news just makes him a target for one of the greasy pole-climbers.

  4. Great post, good recognition, Ray is a sound bloke! He does not aspire to promotion, like many he is content doing ‘the job’, grassroots, no nonsense police work and is able to avoid the ‘SMT’ bullshit which cripples us all by not having to visit their ‘nest’, i.e. the local nick too often.

  5. Everyone knows ray is a top cop and great bloke also. We could do with a few more like him!

  6. Almost sounds like some of you know him. I just think that this is something that deserves a big pat on the back. Clearly someone else also recognises this and this easily justifies his award. A constable locally appointed…….etc. Nice one Ray.

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