From the early days of rattles and whistles forward to modern radios and mobiles, these pages present the origin and follow the development of policing in Britain. Steeped in tradition yet advancing with the times, the fascinating histories of these police forces await you here.

 
 

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Berwickshire Constabulary
Mid-Wales Constabulary
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
North Staffordshire Railway Police
Dawlish Police
Merionethshire Constabulary
Ripon City Police
Sovereign Base Areas Police
London Midland & Scottish Railway Police
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Police
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— The Journal of British Police History —


01/03/2020

We are pleased to publish the sixth issue of our quarterly Journal.

It features articles on Police Mobile Columns, Ripon City Police, The Silver Braid Gallantry Award, Food Control in the First World War, Lincoln Cathedral Constables and much more.

We hope you enjoy this sixth installment:

The Journal of British Police History
Spring 2020



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If you are interested in a small, weekly dose of British Police History, we invite you to return to the Members Page in the coming weeks, or follow one of our social media accounts to view the new British Police History trading cards. Each Sunday we will highlight a person, force, location or item. If you follow one of the social media accounts, they also feature a photograph on a daily basis.


Below is a sampling of the first three cards that have been published. Hover over a card below to flip the card to see the reverse side. Keep your mouse over the card to keep it flipped to the reverse side for reading. We hope you enjoy the new feature.

Below is a sampling of the first three cards that have been published thus far. Tap a card to flip the card to see the reverse side. We hope you enjoy the new feature.




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Our modern take on the Quarter Sessions report of Chief Constable Major T W Best, 7 July 1885. Read more about Merionethshire Constabulary on the force pages.


 


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Sources
  1. Card 001:
    Leicester Chronicle, 23 Jan 1836, 04 Jan 1840 - The British Newspaper Archive
    Leicester Journal, 23 October 1840 - The British Newspaper Archive
    Portrait courtesy of Leicestershire Police
  2. Card 002:
    Hampshire Advertiser, 13 Dec 1856 - The British Newspaper Archive
    Southern Times & Dorset County Herald, 18 Jan 1862, 04 Jun 1886 - The British Newspaper Archive
    Sherborne Mercury, 24 Apr 1866 - The British Newspaper Archive
    Western Gazette, 12 Apr 1918, 28 Jan 1921 - The British Newspaper Archive
  3. Card 003:
    Police Review and Parade Gossip, 09 March 1894
    Lichfield Mercury, 26 May 1905 - The British Newspaper Archive
    Portrait courtesy of and © Paul Davies






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