Liberal Democrat Councillor Ashley Mason is calling on the Police and Crime Commissioner to intervene and abandon the sale of North Yorkshire Police’s historic collection.
More than 200 items, including medals, trophies and other artefacts are due to be auctioned on the 30th January 2018.
As a result, many serving and retired officers have publically voiced their disapproval regarding what is seen as the sale of the Police’s ‘family silver.’ Furthermore, numerous officers have highlighted that no consultation had taken place prior to the decision to list the items for sale.
Cllr Ashley Mason said:
“The artefacts collected from the previous Police Headquarters are part of our heritage here in York and North Yorkshire.
A number of serving and retired officers have contacted me to underline their displeasure of this sale, emphasising the importance this collection and its connection in our communities.
The sales of these artefacts are not an appropriate method of covering for Government cuts and as Vice Chair to the Local Police and Crime Panel, I ask that the Police and Crime Commissioner intervene to prevent the sale.
Instead, the items should be placed with the York Museums Trust, alongside other policing artefacts, so the local community can continue to connect with its own history.”