TAYLOR, MERVYN THOMAS QPM 1916–2007

Taylor_MervMervyn (Merv) Taylor joined the New Police Force in 1946 at the late age of 29. In September 1947 he was transferred to the Water Police and in 1951 was their inaugural conference delegate where he was elected to the Executive. After serving as junior and senior vice-president he was elected the Police Association’s 9th president in 1964, a position he held until 1976, being the longest serving president. At this time the role of president was combined with operational duties and Merv excelled in both. In recognition of his distinguished service to the Force as officer in charge of the Diving Squad, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 1976. In 1976 he was also awarded honorary life membership of the Association for outstanding service. As president Merv’s achievements were unparalleled.  Under his leadership the Association won numerous gains for the membership including a 7.5% salary increase in 1967, the standard issue of Smith & Wesson revolvers, the introduction of the overtime clause, shift allowances and allowances for special duties. He was also a strong advocate for women police. After his retirement in 1976, with the rank of sergeant, he served on the board of the Police Credit Union and was a director of the Police Building Society. He remained an active associate member until 2006. He died on 25 May 2007.