It somehow seems appropriate to post it today. He was what you called 'a copper'.
They weren't always all the same; they weren't called robot-cops and they weren't always politicised. As an added bonus, we didn't have ACPO either.
Michael Downes, chair of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, described the vandalism as disgusting.Another gem from the report is that: "Police are treating the vandalism as racial damage because the graffiti resembles a swastika."
Mr Downes said: "It's important to refer to Sgt Speed as John Speed because police officers are just members of the community, the boys and girls next door who happen to join the police service.
"I think sometimes that can be lost beyond the uniform. They are just ordinary lads and lasses doing a very difficult job in difficult circumstances.
"Enquiries would appear to indicate this was not targeted, there has been similar graffiti found in the vicinity... nonetheless it's still a disgrace and disrespectful."
I think I know what Sgt Speed would have said to that and I hope Michael Downes is long gone. John Speed was fair, tough, honest and brave while Downes was the weak product of his training.
Times have changed and not for the best.