A Police Officer's Retirement

 

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Some five years after George Clarke had been promoted to Sergeant, The Lloyds Weekly Newspaper reported, in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, a police event of a kind that has probably changed little over the years and which, on this occasion, was chaired by Clarke himself:

“Testimonial To a Police Inspector – On Tuesday [14 September 1858] a crowded meeting of the constables and sergeants of the S division of the metropolitan police, was held at Mr. H. Wilkins’, the Abbey tavern, Violet-hill, St John’s-wood, for the purpose of presenting a very handsome silver tea service, to Mr. Edward Cooke, late an inspector in the S division.  Sergeant Clarke 19S, occupied the chair, and Sergeant Westlake, 2S the vice chair; and in the course of some neat and eloquent speeches, it appeared that Mr Cooke had been in the police force for twenty-five years, had always been a good and kind officer, was much respected by the inhabitants, and that the service of plate then presented to him was purchased by the subscriptions spontaneously given by the sergeants and men immediately after Mr. Cooke’s retirement.  Mr. Cooke having replied in very forcible terms, the company separated.”1

Notes: 1. Lloyds Weekly Newspaper 19 September 1858.

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