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Steven Cole
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Re: John Le Butt

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Looking back my first recollections of meeting John was soon after taking up a CWT post at Weyhill in 1983. My responsibility at that time was to look at all aspects of maintainability and reliability of Police/Fire Control Room Communications Systems and Fire Brigade Mobilising Systems and ensuring Field Services were suitably equipped to maintain them post installation.

As Head of Static Systems 1 (SS1), John had an engineering and development responsibility for the introduction of new Communication systems, which the Directorate procured on behalf of Police and Fire Services. On a number of occasions during my many visits to Horseferry House to liaise with members of his team or attend customer meetings, I recall enjoying brief chats with John and found him to be very helpful.

From memory, following John's retirement in 1985, I believe John Mumford took over his role and continued to Head SS1 until Headquarters was relocated to Ruddington in September 1992.

I'm sure there will be others who have stronger memories of John, particuarly those based at Horseferry House during the late 70s-Early 80s. In particular members of John's team in the 80s including Les Whiteside, John Leake, Chris Barron, Colin Poyton and Lawrie Atkinson. Hopefully, there will be more comments to follow.

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Post by Inalebutt »

My father-in-law John Le Butt sadly passed away in 1999. I personally know very little about his work except that he retired from the department in 1985 to take up a post with the Hong Kong Police. My mother-in-law and his widow (Ina Le Butt) will have many stories and anecdotes to share and would love to hear about her late husband but unfortunately she is not proficient on the computer. She would like to get in touch with any of John's old colleagues and friends at the department and her personal contact details can be made available through me via private messages.
(She informs me that he was working in the Home Office from 1967 until 1985. He was involved with police and fire brigade telecommunications and their set-up).
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