My part in Policing. 40 momentous years that changed the UK

Village Hall

A lecture by Sir Charles Pollard QPM, Former Chief Constable Thames Valley Police.

In September 2016 Charles was invited to give the charitable Annual Dorchester Lecture in Dorchester Abbey, and it was repeated to a ‘Banburyshire’ audience at Tudor Hall School in June 2017. Due to popular demand it is now being repeated again at Sibford Village Hall.

Sir Charles Pollard has been an eminent figure in policing, both nationally and internationally, and still works in the Justice system today. Retiring in 2002 from Thames Valley Police, the largest non-metropolitan police force in England, covering 3 counties with a population of 2.5 million, he had earlier progressed through the middle police ranks in London and Sussex during one of the most turbulent periods of recent history, during which time he was personally involved in many of the key policing events:

  • Balcombe Street IRA Siege, 1975
  • Policing the national strikes and the Winter of Discontent, 1978
  • Policing extremist demonstrations in the 1979 election campaign
  • Iranian Embassy Siege, 1980, resolved by the SAS
  • IRA bombing of Grand Hotel, Brighton, 1984
  • Hungerford Shooting Incident, 1987
  • Newbury By-pass and Environmental Protests, 1995-96
  • From Police Whistles and Police Boxes to radios & computers
  • Major reforms to modernise the Criminal Law & the Courts, including Restorative Justice pioneered by Thames Valley

Entrance £10. Proceeds to the Wykham Benefice Churches.