I began volunteering at the Museum in March 2016 and have helped with cataloguing newspapers, various objects and photographs.
I joined Kent Police in June 1973 and retired in January 2016. I spent some years in administrative support in the Kent Police Training School and then became the Police Librarian, a role which included research and environmental scanning in relation to new legislation. My work also included the proofreading and editing of academic texts to aid the Trainers.
I have been Honorary Secretary of Maidstone Area Archaeological Group since 2001 and am also currently its newsletter editor.
My name is Rhod Thomas and I was a police officer with Kent Police for 30 years. I was a police cadet for two years before that, before retiring in 2011.
My hobbies include collecting police uniform, headgear and insignia of all British Police forces. I also do WW2 re-enactment in the Royal Air Force Police and civilian police, and have numerous uniforms from those eras.
Because of my hobby I began volunteering at the museum earlier this year and my role is to catalogue the uniform and headgear for the force museum. I'm a bit of a history buff on an amateur basis and am always looking at all the exhibits that are being catalogued by other volunteers.
I am one of the volunteers at the Museum, and as an ex Special Constable I am excited to be helping share the history of Kent Police. I served for 19 years and was lucky to have a varied career, most of which I was stationed at Faversham for.
I moved to Faversham from London and love my town. I have had many jobs over the years but I am currently a publican. My first project for the Museum has been to catalogue the crime photographs.