REVIEW OF THE RAF POLICE BY HRH THE EARL OF
The occasion was marked with a parade inspected by HRH, a Royal Luncheon and a series of capability stands demonstrating a wide range of RAF Police skills and specialisations.
RAF Police officers and NCOs were
assembled from RAF stations across the
was also introduced to retired members
of the RAF Police and potential future members from the Air Training
Corps. The Earl
also spent time talking
to families of serving RAF Police personnel, including those recently
Having inspected the parade, HRH The Earl said:
some reason it has been 35 years
since the last Royal Air Force Police review.
So I doubt anyone here was on parade then. However I would
think that in
spite of the weather you all will remember this day with pride and for
He added: "We should not only remember those who cannot be present today but also the many families who have to bear the brunt of the extraordinary pressure put upon them."
last review of the RAF Police was
conducted by the late HRH the Princess Margaret on
“I was keen to create as memorable an occasion as the previous Royal Review and one that we could all be justifiably proud.”
In spite of the wet and windy weather, the RAF Police pulled off a highly polished and professional performance on parade following an intensive bout of training. Parade Warrant Officer, WO Dave Copland, said:
“This has been an extremely proud occasion for all those involved. I couldn’t have been happier with the performance of those on parade. The standard of drill was exceptional and was praised by the Equerry to HRH, a former Guards officer, as one of the best parades he had ever seen.
We only had 3 days leading up to the parade to practice and considering that we had never drilled together before, we had to practice at 2 locations and 15 on parade had never drilled with rifles before, the outcome was remarkable.”
The historic event marked not only the 90th Anniversary of the RAF Police, but also the culmination of Project DARWIN II, a major re-organisation programme for the RAF Police. The Provost Marshal (RAF), Group Captain Gary Horscroft said:
“This re-organisation has made the RAF Police significantly more capable and adaptable and will underpin the next chapter in our history of supporting the RAF and our sister Services on operations both here at home and around the world.
year has seen an increasing
requirement for RAF Police personnel to deploy on operations in
Photographs by Boots Hooton
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