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 police forces from Aberdare Canal Police to Zetland County Police await you here.
— Recent Additions and Updates —
— The Journal of British Police History —
30/08/2020We are pleased to publish the eighth issue of our quarterly Journal.
It features articles on the Lincoln City Police Merit Badge, Royal Gibraltar Police, Police Telegraphic Code, White Helmets for the City of London Police, "3s 4½d" and much more.
We hope you enjoy this eighth instalment:
— Force Timelines Added —
Use the timelines on the force overview pages to navigate between related forces.
Available forces will be displayed in dark text, e.g., Reigate Borough Police below:
— View the British Forces —
Select a letter below to view the list of forces in alphabetical order
Select a year below to view the list of forces in chronological order
Select a count below to view the list of forces by force size
Select a type below to view the list of forces by unit
Enter text below to search for forces
— Photograph Albums Updated —
Among our recent updates to the site is a new format for the force photograph albums.
Use the links below to explore some of our albums.
|Bedfordshire Police||Devon Constabulary||Lancashire Constabulary|
|Bedfordshire Constabulary||Durham County Constabulary||North Riding Constabulary|
|Berkshire Constabulary||East Riding Constabulary||Oxford City Police|
|Birmingham City Police||Edinburgh City Police||Peterborough City Police|
|Bristol Constabulary||Gloucestershire Constabulary||Peterborough Combined Police|
|Cambridge City Police||Grimsby Borough Police||Ross and Cromarty|
|Cambridgeshire Constabulary||Hampshire Constabulary||Royal Ulster Constabulary|
|Cheshire Constabulary||Huntingdonshire Constabulary||Warwickshire Constabulary|
|Cornwall Constabulary||Kent County Constabulary||West Riding Constabulary|
— "Collect Them All" —
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.
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.
Do you have photographs of officers or photographs relating to policing in Britain?
If you do, we would be delighted to include them on these web-pages.
Please send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
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