Keir Fredrick STEEL MBE
Posted on 1st August 2022 at 13:40
Obituary for Keir Frederick Steel MBE
12th December 1951 - 8th May 2022
Former Constable Keir Steel passed away 8 May 2022. His funeral took place on 17 June 2022 and was attended by many family members, friends, neighbours and former colleagues. This gave comfort and support to his wife Linda and son Samuel.
Keir joined the Metropolitan Police Cadets in September 1969 and was on course A3/69.
He became a Police Constable on 14th December 1970 and was subsequently posted to Notting Hill Police Station as PC591B.
Whilst serving on B Division he became Notting Hill Division Constables’ Federation representative. He was eventually to become a member of the Constable Branch Board and Assistant Secretary of the Joint Executive Committee.
He developed an encyclopedic knowledge of Police regulations, Discipline Codes as well as Criminal Law. As a result, his services were highly sought after, often at anti-social hours.
He assisted officers not just in the Metropolitan Police but also in other forces, including the British Transport Police.
He was gregarious by nature and developed many friendships and professional networks. He worked alongside Senior Police Officers, Solicitors and Barristers in resolving or mitigating issues for the benefit of those officers he was representing.
In 2000 it was announced in the New Year Honours list that Keir had been awarded an MBE for his services to the Police Federation of England and Wales.
He had the privilege of being presented with his MBE medal by Her Majesty the Queen in the summer of 2000.
During his service he had received a Commissioner’s High Commendation for his part in disarming an IRA gunman in possession of a loaded automatic pistol (He also received a Bow streets Magistrates’ Award for this arrest). He also received other commendations and a Royal Humane Society certificate for resuscitating a man who had collapsed.
He retired from the Metropolitan Police on 14th January 2001, however he continued to use his considerable skill set by becoming a Para Legal for Russell Jones and Walker for whom he worked for several years.
Regrettably Keir was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis a chronic autoimmune disorder which curtailed his career as a Para Legal. Keir and his family managed his symptoms for over 15 years but on Sunday 8th May 2022 sadly he died at Northwick Park Hospital.
Donations in memory of Keir can be made online to Myaware.org
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