Date: Saturday 19th May 2001

A FORMER Chief Constable of Cumbria, William Cavey, has died peacefully in Carlisle, aged 85.

Mr. Cavey was the county's Chief Constable for 12 years before retiring in 1980, after a distinguished career in the police force.

Colin Phillips, the present Chief Constable, paid tribute to Mr. Cavey, saying: "Bill Cavey was an effective and well-respected Chief Constable of this force between 1968 and 1980.

"He saw the Constabulary develop through a particularly difficult and challenging period and left the legacy of an efficient community force. He will be missed by all who knew him and our condolences go to his many friends and family at this very sad time."

While he was based at Penrith's Carleton Hall headquarters, Mr. Cavey was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in the 1970 new year honours list and the OBE in the 1972 Queen's birthday honours.

As Chief Constable, he steered the force through a time of modernisation and change, but stressed the importance of the policeman on the beat as a crime deterrent. He repeatedly pressed for improved police pay.

On his retirement, Mr. Cavey was congratulated on his work in Cumbria by Lord Whitelaw, then Home Secretary, who said he had led the force into an age of new technology and had been an outstanding Chief Constable.

Mr. Cavey became chief of the Cumbria force in 1968, at the age of 52, having been Chief Constable of Brighton for several years. He succeeded Frank Williamson who left Cumbria to become an inspector with the Home Office.

Born in Exeter, Mr. Cavey joined the Exeter force in 1935 and reached the rank of detective inspector. In 1957 was appointed detective superintendent in the Brighton force. Soon after, Mr. Cavey was appointed deputy chief constable of Brighton before becoming chief in 1962.

During the war, he had reached the rank of lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm. He was on the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, at Plymouth, and later at the Admiralty.

Mr. Cavey was a former county director of the St. John Ambulance Association, president of the Royal Life Saving Society for Cumberland and a member of the executive committees of the Cumberland and Westmorland National Playing Fields Association, the YMCA and the Cumberland Boy Scouts' Association. His hobbies were golf, fishing and cricket.

Mr. Cavey latterly lived at Aglionby, Carlisle, but his grandchildren, James and Laura Norris, both live in Penrith. A private funeral has taken place.