It is believed the Sheffield Branch of NARPO is unique in incorporating an Old Comrades Association. With a separate constitution, membership & funding arrangements it remains an entity in its own right, but organised and administered by Branch Officers and members.
It was founded by the Chief Constable of Sheffield City Police in 1928 – Capt. Percy Sillitoe – (later to be Sir Percy Sillitoe head of MI5)- with the sole intention of an annual dinner being arranged so retired members of the Sheffield City Police Force could meet on one night a year, renew friendships and discuss past experiences over a meal. Moving with the times the Association now incorporates retired members of the Sheffield & Rotherham Constabulary and the South Yorkshire Police. As a consequence it has naturally evolved into the South Yorkshire Police Old Comrades Association.
The constitution is currently being revised and re-written to reflect this natural progression. An Association tie is made available to new members at the annual dinner. Membership is now extended to all officers who retire from the South Yorkshire Police.
The Dinner has been held every year since 1928, even throughout the war years. The vast majority of members are also members of NARPO. For an application form please contact the Secretary of the Sheffield Branch of NARPO. Members of the Association a receive a letter in August each year giving details on the event and the venue The Association has a membership of over 800.
If you served in Sheffield during your career and would like to join the Old Comrades Association, please complete the application form below. Once complete send it to Corporate Finance Pensions Department, South Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Carbrook House, Carbrook, Sheffield S9 2DB.
Set out below is the proposed wording for the constitution of the Sheffield Old Comrades Association. The constitution had not been reviewed for many years, so it was thought appropriate to ensure the wording still kept within the aims of the association and its membership.
It will be seen that the focus of the membership is still Sheffield, which given its formation almost 90 years ago, is still seen as an important element. The association wishes to be open to as many potential members as possible, so is flexible to accommodate any member of NARPO who has had some link to the policing of Sheffield. That may be serving directly at one of the Sheffield police Stations at some point during their service or working in a headquarters or support department. It is thought key that the Sheffield link is retained given the potential in future years to the force boundaries being changed beyond those that currently form South Yorkshire Police. Potential members should also be conscious that all events of the association are held in Sheffield
The draft constitution will be open for discussion at the AGM in April 2018, on a date to be arranged. In the meantime views are welcome by sending for the attention of Stuart Chapman on Oldcomrades2015@:gmail.com
Draft Constitution for Sheffield Old Comrades Association (version1)
Article 1 The name of the Association
Sheffield Old Comrades Association (here after Old Comrades) will take its name from the time of its formation when local policing was undertaken by Sheffield City Police. Therefore irrespective of the current or future name of the police force for the area, it will retain its historic name.
Article 2 – Purpose
The primary purpose of the Old Comrades will be to provide at least once a year, a dinner open to all members, to celebrate their service to the policing of Sheffield. The Old Comrades will subsidise the meals within the capabilities of its funds
From time to time the Old Comrades may also make contributions to worthwhile charities that support our members and also make donations for the welfare of individual members. The decision to make such donations will be for at least two of the Officers of the Old Comrades.
Article 3 – Membership
Membership of the Old Comrades will be open to all those eligible to be members of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (hereafter NARPO) and who have for any period of time served as a police officer in Sheffield or have been associated with the policing of Sheffield due to their role in the current police force for the area.
Article 4 – Subscriptions
Members will pay a monthly subscription direct from pension or an annual amount equivalent to those twelve monthly payments. The amount of the subscription will be open to change by a vote of a simple majority to the Annual General Meeting.
The accounts will be open to inspection annually to ensure their accuracy.
Article 5- Officers
The Old Comrades will have the following posts;
The post holders of chair, secretary and treasurer will also be invited to be members of the executive committee of the Sheffield Branch of NARPO.
The Chief Officer of the force responsible for policing the Sheffield area will hold an honorary post as President and be invited to attend the annual dinner.
Article 6 – Meetings
The Old Comrades will hold an annual general meeting (hereafter AGM) . This will normally coincide with the AGM of the Sheffield branch of NARPO
The Old Comrades will also hold at least one meal for members, normally in October of each year.
Article 7 – Elections of post holders
This will normally take place when a post holder relinquishes that role, but it is open at the AGM for any member to propose new post holder(s) which would be subject to a vote of those present based on a simple majority
Article 8 – Changes to the constitution
Any changes to the constitution will be open for discussion at the AGM and subject to a vote of those present based on a simple majority.
End of DRAFT