Information from Viv Head.
Regret to advise you that retired Detective Constable Jim Reid died yesterday evening, Sunday 17 May 2020. He returned from a trip to Australia in March feeling unwell. The hospital diagnosed untreatable pancreatic cancer. He later suffered a stroke and another again last week.
Jim served at Birmingham New Street and Derby. He was well respected and well liked by all who knew him. Commiserations to his wife and family.
I will of course advise of any funeral details but what the arrangements will be we do not yet know.
Received today from Colin Bond that Kathleen KEOHANE passed away at a care home in the Worthing area on 5th April 2020. She is believed to have been 92 yrs of age. She served at Southanpton and then Brighton until her retirement. It is also believed that the funeral has already taken place.
Unfortunately no other details are known about her service at this time.
This link originally posted several months ago has progressed onto a page far removed from the front, so make it easier to access, it is now moved forward to here:
Originally created by Martyn Ripley the Association has a Twitter account which can be accessed here:-
INSURANCE FOR MEMBERS OF NARBTPO
We are pleased to announce that retired members of NARBTPO can now buy insurance products previously only available to BTP Federation members.
The scheme brochure is available on the following Federation website.
Members of NARBTPO are now eligible as follows.
- Retired Officers under 65 yrs.
- Partners of the above
- Retired Officers aged 65-69 years
- Partners of the above
- Retired Officers aged 70+ years
If you wish to buy any of the products shown in the brochure (The brochure is on the above website)
Please contact George Burrows directly and ask for Carol Law. Quote your NARBTPO membership number. This can be found in the latest 2020 members directory.
George Burrows Insurance Tel No 01403 327719
NARBTPO are extremely grateful to the British Transport Police Federation for this service.
I am honoured to have been elected NARBTPO Chair by the committee. Before I say anything about myself, it is only right that I begin by thanking our previous Chair, John Bryant, for his solid leadership which I have had the privilege of witnessing whilst on the committee. I also thank him for his continued support and guidance. John has been a member of NARBTPO since 1998 and has held various posts including Secretary from 2001 until he was elected Chair in 2016.
Throughout his time, John has been a consistent force for good. John was deservedly recognised by the force for his service to NARBTPO when he was given a Chief Constable’s Commendation in 2019. His leadership was most evident when this association campaigned against the proposed creation of a separate pension fund, before the plan to integrate the BTP into Police Scotland was abandoned. Thankfully, we are not losing John’s vast experience because he is continuing in the role of Honorary Vice-Chair.
For those who do not know me, I served in the Scottish Area for over 30 years in various Uniform and CID roles before retirement in 2011. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet numerous colleagues from across the force, many of whom I now regard as good friends. I look forward to my tenure as Chair and the challenges that will no doubt arise in the coming years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite taking over in what can only be described as an incredibly difficult period, I look forward to chairing this association. Unfortunately, the threat from this awful disease has meant that we are all staying home to protect the NHS and save lives. These unprecedented circumstances made it impossible to hold our AGM this year. However, I look forward to meeting you all at our AGM in 2021 when hopefully it will be safe for us all to meet again.
Although we are unable to meet in person, I want to assure members that myself, along with the rest of the committee will keep you, our members, updated on events by email, newsletter, the NARBTPO website and our Twitter account (@NARBTPO if you wish to follow).
All the best and stay safe.
Jim McKelvie, Chair.
Tribute to 'charismatic, kind and thoughtful' BTP officer who died following Covid-19 illness
It is with tremendous sadness that I can confirm Detective Constable John Coker, aged 53, passed away last night.
John was taken ill on 22nd March with symptoms of Coronavirus. After his health did not improve he was admitted to hospital and transferred to an intensive care unit to receive critical treatment. Despite the best efforts of hospital staff, John’s health did not improve, and he passed away on Friday 17 April.
My thoughts are with John’s family, for whom the last three weeks have been incredibly difficult and who will be struggling to deal with this most distressing outcome. Local colleagues have been in constant contact with John’s wife and will pass on the heartfelt condolences of us all. BTP will continue that support over the coming days, weeks and months.
Understandably this is a very difficult time for John’s wife and family and they have asked for privacy. My thoughts are also with the many officers and staff who worked alongside John, as we each come to terms with this truly awful news.
John has been part of the BTP family for over a decade and became a Detective Constable within the CID department at Euston where he was much loved and respected by all those he worked with. His colleagues remember a man who was charismatic, kind and thoughtful and took everything in his stride. He will be greatly missed by all in the Force.
John is survived by his wife and their three children.
Paul Crowther, Chief Constable
For any information relating to DC, John Coker, please make enquiries with the BTP Federation via their website:-