The Biggs' Boys
By Ken Stofer
Copyright 2001 Ken Stofer, All Rights Reserved
The R.A.F. Policeman
The official name for the trade is R.A.F. Police. At one time they were known as S.P.'s for Service Police.
It was the general feeling by most airmen that the "S.P." used all the power at his command to make life as difficult as possible. He was a man to be avoided at all costs.
However, this state of affairs was partially fostered by certain types of policemen, who were either over-zealous in their belief of what was required by "K.R.'s", or, abused the authority given by their position. Then there were the very few who were definitely malicious in the execution of their duty. To be fair, there were the airmen who had good reason to fear the police and these men were usually quite vocal to receptive ears announcing their complaints wherever they could find an audience.
It was, of course, impossible for the police section to work in complete accord with everyone, for as long as the service exists there will always be men who persist in "running off the rails". The duty of the section was to see that such men were corrected.
The best policeman was not necessarily the man who made the largest number of charges, but the man who prevented the necessity for charges and still had a perfectly disciplined and smooth running camp under his supervision. The primary objects of an efficient R.A.F. Police service were the protection of life and property and the preservation of public tranquility and to these ends all police efforts were directed. The absence of crimes and disorders proved whether those efforts were achieved. If he was to be successful the policeman had to be exceedingly diplomatic and very tactful and as airmen quickly realized, a policeman could not allow his personal feelings to obscure his judgement.
The duties on a station were many, and varied, as the police section was responsible for the protection of all service property and the discipline of airmen in the absence of their own N.C.O.'s and finally through the Guard Room, they were the contact between the station and the outside world.
All visitors, civilians and transports, etc., were checked and recorded and the section had to be in a position to reply to all enquiries on practically any topic from both inside and outside the camp. As a consequence all records had to be kept accurately and be complete.
Copyright 2005 Ken Stofer, All Rights Reserved
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