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National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO)

Information about the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO)

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Welcome to the West Mercia Branch of NARPO (National Association of Retired Police Officers). NARPO is the voice of retired officers.

"Our object is to safeguard the rights of members and to promote measures for their welfare, with particular regards to pensions. We have a good social calendar which I hope you will join us in during the coming months." 

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Peter Picken QPM, Chair, West Mercia NARPO
Chairman, West Mercia Narpo

Who is eligible to join?

Full membership of NARPO is open to all officers who have completed 25/30 years' service, or who have retired on grounds of age or ill-health. Associate membership is available to those such as retired police staff who have an interest in our aims and activities, or former officers who are now in receipt of a 'preserved' pension, subject to approval by the Branch Committee. Widows, widowers and partners of deceased officers are also eligible to join. Contact the Branch Secretary for more information, or an application form if you are not yet a member.

About NARPO in West Mercia 

We have three sub-branches, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, each with its own committee. We also have a larger, main committee consisting of representatives from all the areas, plus branch officers.

You will be allocated to the sub-branch of the area you live in, unless you specifically ask to join a different one. If you live outside the force area, you will be a member of the main branch. Each sub-branch holds regular meetings, trips and functions, and the main branch is also involved with events arranged for all members.

Narpo Officers

Branch Chair: Peter Picken QPM, Tel 01562 637547
Branch Secretary: Maggie Case Tel: 01905 616529

Shropshire Chair: Jim Ashley  
Shropshire Secretary: Keith Howes Tel: 01691 587202

Herefordshire Chair: John Phillips Tel: 01432 350131
Herefordshire Secretary: Peter Nelson, OBE, Tel: 01432 760740

Worcestershire Chair: Peter Picken, QPM
Worcestershire Secretary: Gerry Donnelly Tel: 01905 25212

For more information or details about applying for membership, please contact branch secretary Maggie Case on 01905 616529 or email: westmercia_narpo@talktalk.net

Bob Pooler writes:

"I am still researching the Worcestershire Constabulary and Kidderminster Borough Police, and am keen to speak to anyone with photos, stories, memorabilia. Please don't throw anything away. I have also just started an index of Worcester City Police officers using Colin Glover's book about the force. If anyone has any stories, photos etc connected with the City I would love to hear from them."

Contact Bob on 01386 860292 or email bob_pooler@hotmail.com

Police Dependants' Trust (PDT)

The PDT exists to provide financial help to pensioners on low incomes who retired due to an injury on duty, and their families. It can also help the dependants of an officer who has died due to such an injury. The Trust can provide grants for maintenance (eg basic living costs) children's needs, special purposes (eg disability aids), holidays, funerals and residential care.

If you are a pensioner or dependant who falls into this category, you should register with the PDT, even if you do not need assistance immediately. You can do this by contacting them via their website or by getting in touch with Maggie Case on 01905 616529. Claims for assistance from PDT should also now be made via Maggie.

You can donate funds to the Trust by Gift Aid or by legacies. For more information about donating, please see the PDT Website

The International Police Association (IPA)

The IPA provides social activities at an individual or family level, trips, holidays, sporting events, competitions and exchange visits, also seminars on police-related topics. The benefits of individual police participation are many, make new friends, learn about policing in other countries, cultures and professional practice and receive help with travel and accommodation.  For retired police officers, IPA offers another opportunity to stay in touch with former work colleagues.

For more information, look at the national The International Police Association (IPA) website or contact West Mercia branch on email: west-mercia@ipa-uk.org  The branch secretary is PC Carole Markham.