The President of the Lanarkshire Police Historical Society

Peter Chalmers


1964 – 1967 Coatbridge Burgh Police

1967 – 1975 Lanarkshire Constabulary

1975 – 1993 Strathclyde Police

Peter joined Coatbridge Burgh Police on the 5th of October 1964 as Constable No 63. He was married with one child with another on the way. At that time his wages were the princely sum of £12 per week.

He started on Uniform beat Duties which at that time consisted of 4 weeks constant night shift, one of the main functions was checking commercial property with special attention to the schools. The four week tour of nightshift finished on a Sunday at 7am however there was a quick turnaround to backshift starting at 2pm that same day! Backshift and dayshift was for an 8 week period.

In 1967, Coatbridge Burgh police amalgamated with Airdrie Burgh Police, Motherwell & Wishaw Burgh Police and Hamilton Burgh Police to form part of the larger Lanarkshire Constabulary, the largest County Police Force in Scotland. Peter remained at Coatbridge following the amalgamation and became Constable No 105.

In 1968, after 4 years service, officers were permitted to drive Police vehicles. At that time the vehicle fleet in Coatbridge consisted of:

1 x Austin A60 Van 

1 x Morris vehicle with a wooden surround – CID 

1 x Morris Van (2 x sliding doors) – Beat patrol 

1 x Morris Oxford Saloon Car/Wolseley Saloon – Beat patrol

 In 1974 the old Coatbridge Police Headquarters moved from the Municipal Buildings in Dunbeth Road to the new office at Whittington Street.

In 1975 Lanarkshire Constabulary was amalgamated with a number of other forces to form Strathclyde Police. Coatbridge became the Divisional Headquarters of ‘N’ Division which consisted of Coatbridge & Airdrie. Peter once again changed his number, this time to Constable ‘N’ 107.

In 1976 Peter was appointed Bar Officer at Coatbridge and in 1978 was appointed Crime Intelligence Officer for ‘N’ Division, once again based at Coatbridge.

In January 1981 Peter was promoted Uniform Sergeant to Newarthill Police Station which was part of ‘P’ Division with Divisional Headquarters based in Motherwell. Once again Peter changed his number to become Sergeant ‘P’ 30.

Peter remained on Operational duties until 1986 when he became Duty Officer at Bellshill Police Station and in 1990 was appointed Duty Officer at ‘P’ Division Headquarters in Motherwell.

In 1991 Peter was transferred to the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) in Strathclyde Police Headquarters, Pitt Street, Glasgow where he remained until his retirement from the Police in 1993.

Peter, not being one to really retire, until recently served as the Secretary to the Lanarkshire Branch of the Retired Police Officers Association of Scotland which maintained his links with the service and his fellow retired colleagues.

He is proud to be the first President of the Lanarkshire Police Historical Society.