1970s and 80s

Les Abbott

I have attached some documents from my early service. Conditions of Service and my acceptance letters when joining in January 1974. I have also uploaded the list of uniform I was issued with. You will see that my original training destination was changed from Chantmarle to RAF Dishforth in North Yorkshire due to the shortage of training school places. I was on the first 10 week training course and was given the option upon my return of being in Gloucestershire or joining the newly formed Avon and Somerset Police. I have lots of documents I am in the process of scanning but have just uploaded a few to start with. There were only 3 Gloucestershire officers at Dishforth (the single men who joined). It was a very cold and snowy winter . The Police Training Center was also an operational RAF base with a lot of night time flying to wake us up! have also uploaded a telex for attending a National Front Rally in Leicester in 1979 and the joining instructions for being on a Police Support Unit in 1985 for the last week of The Miners Strike.
Les Abbott  (former Police Sergeant 1262).

This page was added on 08/12/2017.

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  • I see that Les Abbott (former Police Sergeant 1262). Joined in January 1974, he was sent to Dishforth along with 2 other single men, I was and had Joined Lancashire 0n 28th January 74 and was the only single man on my intake. Nine ex cadets from Lancs were also sent up there. I was in Syndicate 9 so if you read this Les we may have trained together. Many happy times at Dishforth.

    By Nigel musker(formally D.C.5891 Lancs.) (06/10/2021)

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