I joined Rotherham  Borough Police in 1964 as a cadet and then as a PC serving mainly on uniform patrol duties until transferring into CID in Sheffield as a detective including secondments to the Serious Crime Squad,  Regional Crime Squad ( twice) and Met. Police Bomb Squad. I was promoted to Detective Sergeant but resigned in 1985 in order to join the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as a senior OIC.  CID Highlands Provinces in Mount Hagen after working in the Police Training College at Bomana. Returning to the  UK in 1990, I re-joined South Yorkshire Police on uniform patrol in Rotherham and Doncaster and finally as OIC Identification Parades at West Bar Police Station, Sheffield, before retiring in 2001. I then obtained TESOL qualification from Sheffield Hallam University and taught English to Chinese students in a Beijing business school, China for a year before returning home where I became an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam Summer School programme. In 2004 I was appointed as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Development Officer for Derbyshire County Council where I was involved in setting up and overseeing new groups of young people and encouraging them to complete their awards. This also involved supervising and assessing expedition groups exploring the Peak District. I retired from DCC earlier this year but still continue to work as a voluntary leader working with my own local DofE award group.

List of Talks with Powerpoint


Policing in Paradise - Papua New Guinea (2 talks)

The Sheffield Gang Wars 1924/5

Stories of a young bobby in Rotherham in the 1960's (Warts and all)

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for young people

A Year in Beijing

Rod Webster

Former International  Police Officer