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Paul Oliver - A Coppers Tale

  • Date
    21st May 2014
  • Place
    Chemistry Research Laboratory (CRL), South Parks Rd, Oxford, OX13TA

This was a meeting with a difference - "A Copper's Tale" hardly does justice to the life and career of Paul Oliver! There were two parts to the evening ...

Helipcopters First, a vehicle with a difference: two serving officers from the Thames Valley Armed Response team were there with their Armed Response Vehicle in the car park showing us the inside workings of an ARV.

This was followed by a talk in the lecture hall by Paul outlining his adventures in the Thames Valley Police as a Firearms Officer in the Close Protection Team, and covered his active service in RAF 2 and 19 Squadrons.

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver badges Paul joined the RAF in 1985 as an RAF Regiment Gunner, serving at 19 Sqn RAF Regiment - a Rapier Surface to Air Missile Squadron and 2 Sqn RAF Regiment Sqn - a Parachute capable Squadron also with a dual light armour dismounted infantry role. He also served with the Support Helicopter Force in Kosovo as part of KFOR.

Paul believs he was one of the heaviest soldiers to ever complete a military parachute course - last out the aircraft first to land!

Parachute Paul moved to the Thames Valley Police in 1990, serving in Oxford and Cowley for 6 years. He has been a firearms Officer since 1996 to the present day: "I've done every role as a firearms officer within the Police Service including providing Close Protection to the Royal Family and the Prime Minister."

Paul played rugby for England Colts (U19) in 1987 and is an Advanced Driving Examiner for the IAM

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