To commemorate the dedicated and loyal service of two long serving St Helena Police Officers, a Special Medal Presentation was held at Police Headquarters on Friday 27 December 2013.

Chief of Police, Trevor Botting, was honoured to present, to Sergeant Anthony Clingham, the Clasp and Silver Rosette in recognition of 30 years of loyal service to the St Helena Police. The Clasp and Rosette is an additional award to the Long Service Good Conduct Medal which is presented after 18 years of loyal service.

Inspector Jonathan Thomas was presented with the Long Service Good Conduct Medal for his loyal and dedicated service of 18 years.

Both Officers Clingham and Thomas (picture attached) have served the communities of Ascension Island and St Helena over their years of policing and the awards presented were a credit to both. The Chief of Police congratulated both Officers and thanked them for their long and loyal service, wishing them well for the future.

The presentation took place in the presence of family members and colleagues and was followed by light refreshments.

Police Directorate


7 January 2014


  1. In 1972 I joined the Metropolitan Police at Hendon, London, also on our initiation course was what I believe was the first Foreign Studies Course student to take part in the Met. course. He was as I remember was Gibby Yon Poise PC 14 from Half Tree Hollow Police Station on St. Helena. Comming from a remote island half way around the world and suddenly being thrust into the hustle and bustle of a major city he took everything in his stride as well as holding his own accademically coping with the complexity of English legislation. He was a gentlleman and quickly became very popular with his classmates. At weekends we all diappeared to our families whilst he languished isolated at Hendon. My wife and I took to inviting him to stay with us at weekends, and taking him on sightseeing tours accompanied by my late father who was then an Inspector in the Met. and who also arranged a tour of New Scoland Yard before he returned to his Island home encumbered by a dinner service which was our parting gift to him. He was the only student who was a worse swimmer than me but we both acheived the minimum standard, just, and he from a small island. I never heard from him again after his return although I did write to his Station a number of times. I hope he prospered and if he is still on the island and can be contacted assure him that we both remember him with respect and affection.
    Regards Brian Farrell Pc 416X as was in 1972

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