Brian Flood Job Talk

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A former Harvey schoolboy described his 43 years in law enforcement when he talked to members of the Rotary Club of Dover at its meeting this week. Brian Flood described being enrolled as a police cadet and told of his subsequent police career being first based in the Medway Towns in the 1960s. He indicated the culture of the police was entirely different some 50 or so years ago when the police had none of the modern equipment, such as radios and cars, and uniformed police officers were on their beat for their hours on duty often on lone patrol.

Moving from uniform to plain clothes he took time off to study history but in 1975, as Detective Inspector, he arrived in Dover and on his fist day Wingham Bank was robbed by two men who stole £4000. During his time in Dover he confronted many major events and crimes from the Crypt Fire to murder in Clarendon Place and numerous incidents of bodies over the cliffs including one particularly tragic case of a man from London who threw his two children over the cliff. Promoted to Detective Chief Inspector his area of responsibility was much enlarged and on his first day Cousins Jewellers were raided in Canterbury with fatal results.

He spent many years dealing with cases of murder, arson, rape, armed robbery and other serious crimes before moving to Scotland Yard and the National Drugs Intelligence Unit. For a period based in the UK embassy in The Hague his new role took him all over the world liaising with law enforcement agencies combating organised crime and particularly the drug trade - The Netherlands at the time being the cockpit of the illegal drugs industry.

Subsequently he became the Head of Special Branch where in addition to other matters issues of national security were to the fore. He retired in 2008. He gave a lively, informative and often humorous, account of his rise through the ranks of Law Enforcement. His preferred career when young was to be in the Royal Navy but his father had other ideas and in her proposal of a Vote of Thanks Vice President Barbara Stapleton indicated that the Royal Navy’s loss was a police gain. In addition to his police career Brian and his wife have fostered children over many years.