Police officers in England and Wales swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen not the Prime Minister. (Police officers in Scotland and Northern Ireland (pages 28-30) do not swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen)
Unlike many other police forces, British police were not intended to be servants of the state but of the communities they serve.
Their powers are personal, used at their own discretion and derived from the crown.
This essential feature of British policing – policing by consent – seems now to be in jeopardy.
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal – 2012.
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal – 2002.
(I still have mine)
Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal – 1977.
(My Silver Jubilee medal is kept with pride having been on parade in Fleet Street and St Pauls on the 7th June 1977)