Police career and law enforcement

John Casson MBE was a police officer from 1975 to 1987. Here are brief details of his career:

Devon and Cornwall Constabulary (1979 to 1987)

Serving at Torquay (1979 to 1981), Plymouth Charles Cross (1981 to 1983), Kingsbridge (1983 to 1985) and Dartmouth (1985 to 1987).


  • Chief Constable’s Commendation, for the number of arrests and crimes detected (1980)
  • Finalist, Ada Murran Cup for community policing (1985)
  • St John’s Ambulance Association ‘Commendation of Meritorious First Aid’ for saving the life of an extremely fit and violent man who had slashed his wrists (1987)

West Midlands Police, Special Constabulary (1975 to 1979)

Serving at Coventry ‘M Division’ – Fletchamstead Highway


  • Best officer at training weekend (1977)

Other law enforcement achievements since leaving the police

  • Responsible for the global investigation and successful prosecution of a Polish national who attempted to murder a ship’s officer on a container ship in international waters
  • Facilitating and organising police maritime training and major incident armed response aboard ships in UK coastal waters
  • Admiralty Marshal, Royal Courts of Justice, High Court, London, arrest and detention of ships in England and Wales (1991 to 2000)
  • Acting on behalf of the Admiralty Marshal, Royal Courts of Justice, High Court, London, successfully negotiated the removal of a hostile ship’s crew who had threatened to sabotage the ship and release its cargo of oil
  • Armed anti-piracy response off the coast of Somalia
  • While in Darjeeling, India, investigated thefts from hotel bedrooms, resulting in the offender (a member of staff) being caught and interviewed, during which he admitted numerous thefts and was dismissed

For more photographs of John’s police career, please visit the Gallery.