James Thomson Jardine OBE

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James Thomson Jardine OBE will be remembered for his achievements on behalf of police officers and his dedication to the service

During a career that spanned three decades in policing, James Thomson Jardine was instrumental as chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales in influencing the government to ensure police officers were rewarded for their dedication.

His own dedication to policing and those affected by crime stretched beyond his years as an officer and when he retired he became a volunteer at Victim Support in Epsom, Surrey.

Known to many as Jim, he sadly died on January 4, 2014, aged 86, following a long battle against illness.

Jim was a renowned chairman of the Police Federation and played a key role in persuading the government to commission an inquiry led by Sir Edmund-Davies in 1977 into police pay and negotiations following recruitment and retention problems. This was a turning point for policing and resulted in officers receiving substantial pay increases for their work.

Born on March 4, 1928, in the small village of Bonchester Bridge, near Hawick, Jim attended the local school. On leaving, he started work driving a horse at Tythehouse Farm on Harwood Estate, for the late Colonel Elliot. He later progressed to Forestry Commission College in 1944.

He joined the army in 1946 and served in the Royal Scots and King’s Own Scottish Borderers and then the Military Police, serving in Korea and Japan.

Jim joined the Metropolitan Police in 1952, serving at Bow Street, Kings Cross and Holborn.

He was elected to the Police Federation in 1959, becoming vice-chairman of the Metropolitan constables in 1965 and chairman in 1968, going on to be chairman of the Joint Executive Committee between May 1975 and October 1976.

He was then elected chairman of the Constables’ Central Committee at the Police Federation of England and Wales in 1973, then vice chairman of the National Committee before being elected as national chairman in 1976.

A dedicated and loyal police officer, Jim’s commitment to the police service extended beyond his federation role.

During his service, he was a Trustee to the Police Convalescent Home; Governor of the Police College in Bramshill and Trustee of the Police Dependents’ Trust.

Jim worked tirelessly to maintain good relations with government and worked closely with many cabinet ministers in both Labour and Conservative governments, including Lord William Whitelaw and Margaret Thatcher.

His natural talent for public speaking was renowned throughout the country and overseas, having completed a successful lecture tour in California in 1977.

Jim was awarded an OBE for services to policing in 1982 and he retired that same year.

Long into his retirement, Jim dedicated much of his time to the Victim Support team in Epsom. In his free time, he spent many happy hours walking his beloved Labrador and his little rescue dog.

Jim was a much loved and respected husband to Gwen and dad to Shaun, Carolyn and Keiron. Gwen herself enjoyed a long Federation career spanning 25 years.

His children have also established respected careers, with Keiron following in his father’s policing footsteps and even taking over his collar number.

Our thoughts are with his wife Gwen, his children and his six grandchildren and his great grandchild – all of whom he was immensely proud.

Jim left a lasting legacy and his policing family will not forget his unfaltering loyalty and dedication.

Contributed by MPF