The War on Drugs
by Val Orange
Detective Inspector Richard Southwell was our guest speaker this meeting from the Metropolitan Police invited by our President Hilary Bradfield with whom he worked with during several cases over many years.
He gave us a potted history of his 30 plus years in the different areas of the Met from Bobby on the beat, C.I.D. Serious crime squad to security and special operations his present post.
Using news videos, he outlined cases, related funny and terrifying scenarios he had been involved in and even some in which he was the led officer.
There were very many questions arising from his talk and beyond and Richard did his best within the bounds of his remit to explain and answer fully. He was an absorbing speaker, Hilary commented he was much in demand and had several irons in the fire for avenues in which to employ his skills, knowledge and experience so who knows what the future may hold for Richard on his retirement from the force in 2017.
Sue Burton-Griffiths warmly thanked him and wished him well on our behalf.