A Chief Constable's Nightmare? (Hardcover)
Every penny of profit from the sale of this book is going to Prostate Cancer UK and The Superintendent Gerald Richardson Memorial Youth Trust.
A Chief Constable's Nightmare? is not just another police memoir. This is the story of a larger than life character who strived for achievement for himself and others. From humble beginnings, a Co-op butcher's boy, to a 37 year career in the Lancashire Police. Jeff Meadows will amuse the reader with anecdotes of times growing up, meeting the love of his life Kathy, to his varied career through the ranks to Chief Superintendent.
It is a fascinating journey as the youngest constable on the beat in Blackpool in 1957, to a senior detective involved in working major crime cases, to the responsibility of senior management in the Lancashire Constabulary. He had a prominent role in high profile murders including the Handless Corpse Case, an investigation that spanned the globe and was the most expensive trial in British legal history at the time, securing five life sentences.
Stories of royal visits, party conferences and celebrity tomfoolery, his police service brought him three commendations and the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service.
In retirement he became a driving force in several charitable organisations including the Rotary Club of Blackpool South, championing and promoting the achievements of the younger generation.
Jeff Meadows QPM passed away in Nov 2018, before this book could be published. His legacy lives on, not only within its pages of a life well lived, but also in 'The Jeff Meadows Award for Citizenship' presented annually to a pupil at his former school Highfield Leadership Academy.