Brothers still pounding the beat

TWO decades ago a trio of police officers made local history by becoming the only three brothers to serve for Suffolk Constabulary at the same time.Now, exactly 20 years later, remarkably all three boys in blue are still extending the long arm of the law across the county.

TWO decades ago a trio of police officers made local history by becoming the only three brothers to serve for Suffolk Constabulary at the same time.

Now, exactly 20 years later, remarkably all three boys in blue are still extending the long arm of the law across the county.

It was in 1985 that Pc Des Pooley, 41, decided to follow his two brothers' footsteps by becoming a police officer in Suffolk.

His older brothers Glenn, 47, and Gary, 49, had already established themselves as police officers and all three had carried out a stint in the armed forces before embarking on a career in the police.

Not once has the trio regretted their chosen occupation and enjoy the job now more than ever.

Glenn, from Ipswich, who works at force headquarters in Martlesham as a project administrator, said: "It was a never conscious effort. Having left school we all went our separate ways and eventually ended up in the armed services," he said.

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"I'd always wanted to be a police officer. I felt when I left school I would go into the army and become a man so when I was more experienced and worldly I could go in as a more mature, experienced person.

"My sister passed away as a result of a road collision in 1977 three days before Christmas and my personal desire became greater to become a road traffic officer, which I did for 15 years.

"It was an opportunity to give something back from my own personal experience."

Glenn said having three identical surnames in the same police force had some times caused the occasional misunderstanding.

"We've all ended up working in similar locations so it has caused some confusion with members of the public who haven't taken our badge number but remember the name Pooley, and don't realise there's three of us. They have to described us."

Des, who also works at force headquarters in the firearms department, admitted there were occasional benefits to having his siblings working for the same force.

"Certainly when complaints are concerned, it's never me it's always one of my brothers so it can work to your advantage," he said.

"Basically my two brothers joined and I thought it would be a good idea to jump from one uniform to another as I was in the army previously for six years since I left school.

"I was the last to join. I wouldn't change a day - it's been an experience."

Despite working for the same force, the brothers have never been stationed in the same place, except now, where they are all based in Martlesham.

Gary, who works as a traffic officer at Bury St Edmunds and is also a police driving instructor, spent nine years in the Royal Navy's Air Fleet Arm before deciding to sign up to Suffolk police.

But even at school he knew he wanted to be a police officer.

"I decided to go into the Royal Navy to begin with and having spent nine years travelling the world I decided to join the police force," he said.

"They were the two careers I wanted and I achieved both. It's been very varied and I've enjoyed it immensely."

Gary has recently returned from Sri Lanka where he was deployed to help in the aftermath of the tsunami.

The brothers' parents Veronica and Dennis are extremely proud of their sons' achievements.

"Suffolk being one of the safest counties in the country to live in, they're very proud we're out doing our bit to make the whole place safer," said Glenn.

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