Report 4th October 2011

A Police Career

 Michael Baxter QPM has had a long and distinguished career as a police officer stretching back for more than 38 years.  Born in 1949 he spent most of his early life living in Whitley Bay with his grandmother where he became very interested in the Army Cadet Force.  Early jobs included working in a clothing factory and later in the Civil Service. 

Feeling that he was suited to a more interesting and adventurous career he applied to join the police force in Leeds and became a 20 year-old police constable.  During his first 6 weeks after passing the police driving test and becoming a qualified driver, he managed to write-off the Chief Inspector’s car by crashing it into a tree and rolling it completely over.

After transferring to the CID he became involved with the investigation of and later arrests of such high profile cases as Donald Neilson, known as the Black Panther and most famously the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

In a long and meritorious career he became Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside and later Chief Constable of Cumbria.  In retirement Mr.Baxter  is the CEO at the Police Treatment Centre and the Secretary to the St. George’s Police Trust.

George Mountford 

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