As stated when we first published this photo it is definitely not the BPS Gardening Club  but it sure looks like this group had been gardening!  We wanted to know who is here, where are they, what have they been doing, and when was this photo taken?  We included two blow-ups below to make life a little easier you, and then added another photo of the group taken from a different angle.

There was some confusion over whether one of the officers, who we now know to be Ken James,  was the same person in both of these photos because he appeared to be dressed differently, but we believe that in one photo his top was open so we could see his white tee shirt, and it was zipped up in the other photo.

We have now established that the photos were taken during a Narcotics  raid in the area of High Point, Alton Hill in Southampton in 1978 when a huge quantity of cannabis was seized by a team of Narcotics officers and a number of officers who were drafted in just for the raid.  We are advised by George Rose who was then OIC Narcotics that, " Not many narcotics officers were present on this raid because they were dispersed themselves to the Major Incidents Room on follow-up investigations after the 1977 riots. Remember also, the Ganja flight had to be covered around midnight each night and that took a minimum of four narcotics officer committed for at least 3 hours. Seizures almost every night. Busy times indeed." 

George added that a spin off of this seizure resulted in  the successful conclusion of enquiries into the arson case at a certain hotel  (this was the arson at Southampton Prncess Hotel in which three people were killed).

If you look at the Comments section below  you will see there was mention of the fact that both Dai James and Dennis Brookes became dog handlers when the Police started to use drug sniffing dogs to detect illegal drugs.  George Rose recalled that Denis Brookes was the first dog handler in Narcotics - this was sometime after the above raid.  Denis was followed by Dai James, Howard "Stumpy" Kirkham, Jerome Simons, Ian Coyles, Customs Officer Tim Hayward, and Meredith Brady (Stapff).  

Reference was also made to  earlier Dog Section officers who included Winston "Super" Lottimore back in 1960 who was certainly one of the first, if not our first dog handler.  "Super" was a super keen dog handler who was sent abroad to Hendon for specialist training in dog handling in 1960, and again in 1963.  Custerfield "Custy" Crockwell worked as a dog handler and became OIC of Dog Section on his promotion to Sergeant in 1970.  Also mentioned as former dog handlers were Tony Nuttall, Keith Allchin, and Alf Hagar, and there were several more.  Ideally, we need someone to conduct the necessary research and write an article on the History of the Police Dog Section in Bermuda.

Scene of major cannabis seizure at High Point, Alton Hill, Southampton in 1978
 Standing (l-r)  Ronnie Smith, Dai James, Nicky Dunn, Denis Brookes, George Jackson, Denis Ramsay,
George Rose, Ken James, Norrell Hull, Matt Lindo
Seated -  Clara Saunders and Ralph Trott
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Blow-up 2
 
 
Major Narcotics raid in Southanpton Parish
(l-r)  Denis Brookes, George Jackson, Dennis Ramsay, Clara Saunders, George Rose,
Ken James, Norrell Hull, Dai James, Ralph Trott, Ronnie Smith and Nicky Dunn
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#49 Davie Kerr 2019-01-16 17:34
Anyway, a couple of years after Dog Section had been disbanded, Barry Higham and I were Nights on Area 2, and about 0230 we chased a little knocker on his bike up behind Crockwell's Restaurant in Warwick (I think it was where Hayward's Store is or was), and he dropped the bike and took off on foot. The noise had awakened the restaurant owner, and we heard him shouting "Who's that out there? Who's that out there?"
"OK mate, Police."
"Get outa my yard! Get off my property, or I'll let the dog out!" And we could hear a deep Woof! Woof! Woof! from inside. He opened the door, and out shot this huMUNgus black Alsatian! "Woof Woof Woof", then it stopped, sniffed the air, and began licking my hand: it was Crock's old Police dog, and fortunately it remembered me!

Editors note - I sure wondered where this story was going Davie. Great one!
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#48 Davie Kerr 2019-01-16 17:28
On the subject of the dogs in the late '60s-early '70s, I'd often been "running dummy" for the Dundee Police dogs before coming to Bermuda, and I volunteered my services to the Bermuda Dog Section and was warmly accepted. However, around 1970-71 (I think) the Dog Section was disbanded, for whatever reason (I did hear that it was because people who were told "Stay still or the dog will get you!" and tried to run and were caught by the dogs, complained about being bitten, and instead of the Powers That Be saying "Well, it's your own silly fault for not staying still when you were told to", Dog Section was disbanded, but I somehow don't think that was the official version!).
To be continued!
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#47 George Rose 2019-01-03 18:47
Mr. Editor,
Sorry to say I'm not the author of the contents ascribed to me in Comment #45 above.

Also, didn't you and Dick Johnson once apply for the handlers job back in the early 1970's?
Can you recall who you might have been replacing? It would have been a tracker dog position - plenty of webbers/prowler s around in those days of course. The offence of prowling could be charged during daylight hours as well as at night.

Editors note - Not sure how that happened George because the comments came from Mike Johnson over in Hawaii. I vaguely remember applying for a Dog Handler position, and I'm sure Dick Johnson did because he liked dogs. I'm indebted to whoever made the decision not to put me in Dog Section! Guys like "Custy", Tony Nuttall and Gary Perinchief sure did a great job tracking prowlers and breakers.
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#46 Davie Kerr 2019-01-02 05:50
When I joined in Nov '66 I seem to remember the Dog Section as being Harry Garth, Crock, Gary Perinchief and Alf Hagar....
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#45 George Rose 2018-12-31 22:03
Hi Roger;
Happy New Year!
Looking over the website, came across a discussion of dog handlers:
In 1961, the first three to my recollection were Winston Lottimore, Alec Smith and Custerfield Crockwell.

Alex's and Super's dog looked very much alike, but had extremely different personalities. Super's dog was mean and aggressive, Alex' dog, like his owner, was very laid back. I came into Hamilton nick one night and saw a dog half under a table but blocking the walkway. Thinking it was Alex' dog, I shoved it back under the table with my foot. Then I looked up and Saw Superman!
Next dog handler was Tony Nuttall.
Hope this helps.
26th December (2018)

Can anyone add to this list with the names of handlers or dogs?
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#44 George Rose 2018-12-31 22:00
Referencing Mike Johnson's comments on 'Keeping in Touch' here's a listing with Mike's addition at the end:
TIMELINE of HANDLERS & DOG’S NAME
Winston ‘Super’ Lottimore – German Shepherd
Anthony Nuttall “Tony spent most of his service in Bermuda as a dog handler along with Custy Crockwell and Super Lottimore” - Expo
Michael Bull
Custy Crockwell – German Shepherd named ‘WOLF’ 196? – (1968) -
Keith Allchin
Bill Pritchard
Gary Perinchief – Doberman Pinscher
Gordon Howard 1972 -
Denis Brookes 1977 – German Shepherd (Narcotics sniffer dog)
Howard ‘Stumpy’ Kirkham 1978 – Black Labrador named ‘MAX’ – Narcotics sniffer dog
Jerome 'JC' Simons took over MAX in Narcotics until Max was retired
Tommy Barnes
Dai James - March 1982
Ian Coyles
Harry Garth
Tim Hayward Customs

Great list George - I have a feeling there are a few more, including Alf Hagar. Will put out a request for more details of any handlers and the names of their sons
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#43 George F Rose 2018-08-19 23:14
CORRECTION: to my message #41.

The surname Nutall should read NUTTALL

Editors note - Sorry I missed that George. I'm in the process of trying to contact Tony through our good friend Jofn Dale who used to work with Tony father in the Po0lice in England. Unfortunately, Tony is not into computers and email so it looks like it ging to take a letter through the post to reach him!
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#42 terry 2018-08-19 17:26
I remember Super back in the early 60's before any of the commenters here arrived.

He used to drive a wagon and I am trying to recall a make.
Used to see him in Paget with Harvey Fothergill and Sean Sheehan all the time especially around Red Hole Boat Slip...………..(wa ter hole).

I also had a story about another dog handler but was told it could not be printed here.
Shalom.
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#41 George F Rose 2018-08-18 22:59
According to the MasterList now under the care of John Skinner:

Bermudian Constable 87 Winston Fieldon 'Super' Lottimore was born in 1929 and appointed to the Job on 01 March 1954. He is believed to have ended his service on 05 March 1964. Note - A 10 year period.

Anthony Horrobin Nutall 187 was born in 1939 and appointed to the Job in Bermuda on 03 January 1961. His service ended 24 September 1965 - some 23 days after I arrived.

Malcolm Hepple Bull 248 was born in 1941 and appointed in Bermuda on 27 March 1962. His service ended on 10 April 1965.

The first Bermuda Police dog handler is likely to be amongst the above three. Prowlers aka webbers were highly active in rural Bermuda during these decades and kept patrols very busy responding to complaints - during the daytime too, but especially after dark. Anybody got a story/article to tell?
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#40 Davie Kerr 2018-08-18 05:22
I knew of Super's dog handling abilities, and also knew the names of Messrs Nuttall and Bull, but they were before my time in the job which is why I didn't mention them.

Editors note - I remember Tony Nuttall well and he visited Bermuda just a couple of years ago. Malcom Bull joined in 1962 ans served until 1965 so he was here when I first arrived in 1964. Will wtite to Tony and see if he can name the first dog handlers.
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