New powers for oldest police force
When lightning struck the roof of the south transept 33 years ago, starting a fire which caused millions of pounds of damage, the quick action of a Minster Police officer in raising the alarm helped limit the damage.
And in December 2009, a Minster Police officer discovered a blaze which had started in the Cathedral’s stone yard.
At the time, the Minster’s Great East Window was being stored in the yard. Minster Police officers, together with other members of staff and firefighters, managed to move the window’s panels to safety – saving one of the most important examples of medieval stained glass in the world.
Officers work out of their office, marked by two old-fashioned truncheons, located in the choir aisle and work round-the-clock 365 days of the year. They wear numerals on their epaulettes together with the Minster’s crest of crossed keys surmounted by a crown.