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.



We are pleased to publish the fourth issue of our quarterly magazine.

With a foreword by the Curator of The Metropolitan Police Service Historical Collection, it features articles about the Uniform of Metropolitan Police Women, Police Motorcycles from the 1980's to Present, The Jersey Honorary Police and much more.

We hope you enjoy this fourth installment:

British Police History Collector Club
Magazine Fall 2019

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