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Welcome to DTELS.ORG
updated 14th Marcr 2019

Now spring is here I hope this greeting finds all of you who once worked for the organisation are fit and well. I appreciate non of us are getting any younger but it was encouraging to see so many people attending the recent special 25th anniversary reunion looking perky and clearly enjoying life.

Site Update
A few photo additions, two from Martin Swift relating to Garway site and one added to Bishops Cleeve MU plus the 2019 reunion photos.

... and Finally
As ever I wish you good health, happiness and fortune. Please continue to visit this site, particularly the forum to view new postings and see updates on this home page.

Steven ColeKind Regards

Steven Cole


New Visitor to this Site?
May I extend a big welcome to those of you who may be visiting this web site for the first time. If you not already aware, this site is dedicated to recording some of the history of the Directorate of Telecommunications.

As a public sector department within the Home Office for England and Wales, the Directorate was responsible for providing wireless communication support to Emergency Service users in the two countries.

Its origins go back to World War II (circa 1939) and grew over the years to become a major service provider to a wider range of Public Safety central and local government services. In 1991 it changed its name to DTELS and three years later became a private sector company following a trade sale to National Transcommunications Limited (ntl).

For more information about this web site, please click here.


Kippax Maintenance Unit

DTELS 25th Anniversary Reunion
updated 14th March 2019

Sixty two people attended this special anniversary held on Thursday 28th February 2019 to commemorate 25 years to the day since DTELS last conducted business as a public sector organisation.

The venue was the Spice of Life near Leicester Square  London and ran for six hours from 11:00am with a hot and cold buffet provided from lunch time onwards.

During the event a thirty-minute video on a continuous loop ran with a selection of photos from the image gallery and scanned from DTELS publications highlighting memories of the organisation during it’s 55 year existence.  When time permits and after some rework I’ll see if we can add to this web site.

It was good to receive a lot of positive feedback during and post the event with people expressing their pleasure at meeting up with so many regulars and a number of new faces to these reunions.

Photos Wanted
A few of you were taking photos at the time so please feel free to forward to me for inclusion in this gallery.

Reunion 2019 Photos

Photos from the DTELS 2019 Reunion


updated 6th May 2019

Click here for bereavement notices relating to former DTELS employees.  Latest notice posted 6th May 2019:

Stanley Burningham - CWT Cheveley
also known as Brum

Norman Burge - Shapwick
Bill Bellwood - SWT Middlesbrough


As of 7th January 2019 the feedback form is now operational


People & Places

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About Us
Historical information about the Directorate, its responsibilities, organisational structure, aims, objectives and principal customers

Active member postings and notices.  For new registrations please follow instructions as set out in the feedback page.

A quick and convenient way to contact
Steven Cole for all DTELS.Org site matters.

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Image Library
Photographs covering Directorate people, places and equipment. Mouse over image below to select required topic

Image Library TopicsHeadquartersDepotsFire ServiceMaintenance UnitsOutstationsPolice ServiceEquipmentAntenna & Sites

Contact and site legal details

Miscellaneous topics, links to other sites, glossary etc


Library of Directorate publications giving an insight to the function and breadth of the organisation

Personal Recollections
Personal memories contributed by individuals who either worked for, or had contact with, the Directorate

Events, reunions and related information

Site Map
Links to every topic on this site

Background information

Articles for Publishing
As ever I welcome DTELS related articles for publishing on this site. In particular personal recollection articles as I know many of you have enjoyed these trips down memory lane

So please do your bit to record some history and send your articles by email to the address given on the feedback page.

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