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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#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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#39 George F Rose 2018-08-17 22:26
It would also be of interest to know the names of each these special dogs together with the breed of each.
They were certainly not all Alsatian - U.S. name: German Shepherd.
From where did they originate? Were they each issued a collar number? Some lived with their handlers but does anyone recall the dog kennels in the COMOPS yard?

Editors note - I well remember the dog kennels at Operations but before that I believe the dogs lived with their handlers both during, and sometimes after their service.
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#38 Davie Kerr 2018-08-12 07:42
Alf, along with Gordon Howard, Denis Brookes, Gary Perinchief and Crock, handled the "real" Police dogs which were actually allowed to chase and catch people, as opposed to being simply sniffer dogs.

Editors note - There were quite a few dog handlers before Gary and even before "Crock". Winston "Super" Lottimore was a dog handler from November 1960-1964 and attended two Dog Handling courses at Hendon in late 1960 and in 1963. Tony Nuttall became a dog handler in November 1991 and was in Dog Section when I arrived in 1964. "Crock" joined the Section in 1964 and was Sgt OIC Dog Section on promotion to Sergeant in May 1970. The History of Dog Section would make a great article!
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#37 terry 2018-08-11 17:34
Quoting Maurice Pett:
I believe Alf Hagar was also a dog handler as was Jerome Simons. Jerome's dog Max was an explosive sniffer at Buckingham Palace before coming here. He lived at my place on Pokiok Farm after he retired from sniffing. Moby

Editors note - Many thanks Moby. There's obviously a fascinating history to tell about our Police Dog Section.


I remember Alf. Red headed guy and yes was a handler.
Now Jerome just loved dogs as we all know. He was a jack of all trades and could handle sea going vessels also.

I was a dog handler also.

Grilling dogs at the PRC in St. George all the thyme.
Always caught my man......
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#36 Maurice Pett 2018-08-11 12:16
Is this Seymour Farm, Soton ?? Moby

Editors note - You're close Moby. It was actually at High Point on Alton Hill which is just about next door to Seymour Farm.
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#35 Maurice Pett 2018-08-11 12:06
I believe Alf Hagar was also a dog handler as was Jerome Simons. Jerome's dog Max was an explosive sniffer at Buckingham Palace before coming here. He lived at my place on Pokiok Farm after he retired from sniffing. Moby

Editors note - Many thanks Moby. There's obviously a fascinating history to tell about our Police Dog Section.
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#34 Davie Kerr 2018-08-07 05:29
You know that; I know that; but I wonder how many others did?
Anyway, water under the bridge now: it's quite a thought that we're going back 50+ years with this!
And I never knew that Linda Perry had been a dog handler: she and I were often A Watch Traffic's office crew, she as DO and me on the radio, and though I say it myself we were a good team.
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