On the 2 January 2007 the Court approved the affiliation of the Company with the Royal Military Police, part of the Adjutant General Corps of the British Army. The RMP trace their history back to the 17th century when they were given a policing responsibility for the Army when the Army was called for duty. The RMP had a very important role in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan where they operated in the front line. The Master and the Provost Marshal (Army) have each exchanged visits; as have members of the Company to HQ RMP, to establish the affiliation.
In 2011 as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Office of Provost Marshal (Army), WCoSP Liveryman Brigadier Eddie Forster-Knight presented a special sword to the Company and asked that the Sword be awarded annually to the individual, who in the eyes of the Master and the Court, has achieved most to promote and support the work of the Company in that year, excluding the Master and Clerk. Past Master Peter French MBE became the sixth winner of the Award in 2016.
Peter French pictured right of the photograph - Congratulations!
'Many Congratulations on being awarded the RMP Provost Marshal's Sword for 2016. You are a very worthy recipient who has done as much, if not more, than anyone to nurture the Company from its early life through to early adulthood. Apart from your continued sterling efforts in raising funds annual through the Spring dance (this years being sold out) for the Charitable Trust and The Hackney Carriage Drivers Disney run, you were, I believe, responsible for the application for our Royal Charter. Following that you have taken a major part in the promotion of the Chartered Security Professional arrangements - not to mention you were a past master in 2007 - 2008 when the company was granted full Livery status. Thank you for what you have done and continue to do - a most deserving award'