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Michael Layton & Stephen Burrows as serving officers

Michael Layton Q.P.M.

Michael was born in Wheeler Street, Lozells, and his first school was St. Silas in Handsworth.
In keeping with Steve, he is a dedicated ‘Brummie’ and describes himself as a ‘passive’ Birmingham City F.C. supporter.
He joined the British Transport Police as a Cadet on the 1st September 1968 and, after three years, was appointed as a Police Constable, serving at Birmingham New Street Station.
In 1972 he transferred to Birmingham City Police, which amalgamated in 1974 to become the West Midlands Police, where he eventually reached the rank of Chief Superintendent 
During his service with the West Midlands Police he spent a considerable amount of his service in the Criminal Investigation Department, in various ranks, including periods as a Senior Investigating Officer dealing with major crime including cases of murder.
Michael has also served in a number of ranks within the intelligence field including a secondment to the National Criminal Intelligence Service.
On retirement from West Midlands Police in 2003 he went on to see service with the Sovereign Bases Police in Cyprus, and then returned to the British Transport Police in 2004. His initial post was as Detective Superintendent (Director of Intelligence). In his last two years of police service he was the Operations Superintendent at Birmingham, and continued with his passion for combating football violence, until finally retiring again in 2011.
In the January 2003 New Year’s Honour’s List he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished police service.
In 2012 he married Andry who is a Greek Cypriot, hence his interest in history and policing in that country.
He started writing in 2013 and firmly believes that there is ‘a book within all of us’.

Steve Burrows  

Steve has been married to Sue for nearly 35 years and has two daughters, Hayley and Victoria. Since 1996 he has lived in Worcester but has never lost his ‘Brummie’ accent.

Born in Birmingham, at the QE hospital, he lived in Moseley for the first 25 years of his life before getting married and moving to Harborne. As a youngster he was taken to the Hawthorns with a friend and has since remained a committed ‘Baggie’.

He joined West Midlands Police in 1983, working in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall. He performed a wide variety of roles in ranks up to and including Detective Superintendent. These included uniform command, complaints and discipline, (including internal and cross force enquiries) and CID command, (including Serious Crime Investigation, Child Protection and Head of Intelligence).

In 2002 he transferred to Warwickshire Police as Chief Superintendent (Area Commander), then became Detective Chief Superintendent, (Head of Crime) for the force, a post held for 5 years.  He was trained as Senior Investigating Officer, in Kidnap command, and all levels of Firearms Command amongst other skills.  He retired in 2013 following thirty years’ service, eleven of which were spent at Chief Superintendent rank. He currently works for The Home Office within the West Midlands region.

He always wanted to write but never had the time as a Police Officer. He is making up for that now, along with playing the guitar after a fashion and indulging an obsession with sea fishing.