Honorary President – Bernard James Luckhurst QPM
Bernard was born in south London towards the end of WWII and always had a desire to become a policeman. He joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Force in May 1960 and became a regular officer in 1962.
His whole career has been in the uniform branch in the Met. and has primarily been operational both in divisional work and public order although, when Chief Superintendent, he was Commandant in recruit training at Hendon for a short period. He has also seen duty in traffic, police complaints and the Special Patrol Group.
He retired in July 2000 with the rank of Commander and at the time was in charge of the Criminal Justice portfolio at New Scotland Yard. During his ten years as Commander he had been Area Operational Commander in both south and north-west London and in the Force Inspectorate.
He has served under one Queen and eight Commissioners. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 1997 and he prides himself in having made an arrest in every rank.
His maternal grandparents were practising catholics of Irish stock but his father was very much a Londoner. He was brought up a catholic and has always practised his faith never hiding that fact from colleagues. His first experience of the Catholic Police Guild was as a cadet at Peckham in 1960 when an old Irish policeman took him along to the Annual Requiem parade before the Commissioners of the Met and the City of London police at Westminster Cathedral.
He was secretary to the North-West London Branch of the CPG for a time and in 1993 was invited to take on the role of Chairman. He considered that acceptance was more a responsibility than an honour and held that post for a record seven years until his retirement from the Met. To date his has been the most senior rank to hold the post of Chairman.
During his tenure he introduced the practice of including in the Bidding Prayers at the Annual Requiem the names of officers killed on duty, the wearing of medals and the laying of a poppy wreath at the Royal Irish Constabulary plaque in the Cathedral in memory of RUC officers killed during the troubles.
At the 1998 AGM he laid the seeds for the acceptance of civilian staff as full members of the Guild but lost the motion by one vote. His successor as Chairman carried the day in 2001.
In 2014 he led a small team in reviewing the Constitution of the Guild and this was formally agreed at the AGM of 2016.
In 2015 he was appointed President of the Guild by the National Executive Committee.