General Interest Links
The International Police Association (IPA) is a worldwide membership organisation for serving and retired police personnel. It prides itself in being "A Vibrant IPA". All inclusive; Visible; International; Benefits R key; Retain all members, respecting all views; Activities; Networking in friendship; Trust and charity; IPA.
For over 170 years, Scotland Yard has been the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service. This encyclopedia reveals facts and stories from Scotland Yard's history. It also profiles the activities, techniques and structures of the modern Metropolitan Police.
Find out more about the history of our Police stations
Metropolitan Police photographs available at this site Visit the site and ask for what you are looking for.
A collection of photographs hosted by two retired police officers.
A comprehensive list all Police Museums
This website is a mix of police and aviation, in particular the North Weald Airfield Museum, related biographies that sit alongside historical stories and images to offer visitors a range of subjects that can be dipped into at will.
The RMP Museum is part of a network of museums on site, including the D-Day map room, the Royal Navy Police Museum and the Royal Air Force Police Museum.
If you are interested in anything to do with police vehicles, this could be a good place to start.
John Barrett, retired Met Dog Handler, has been the agent for Jedd for over 30 years. He supports all Police Charities from the sale of his products.
The PPHA was founded in 1968 to establish sheltered warden assisted accommodation for Police Pensioners and their spouses, their widows or widowers from any police area who are over sixty years of age and are capable of looking after themselves
This website provides study courses for students of social history working towards Key Stage 3 and higher. Each of the courses is broken down into short chapters illustrated with documents selected from archives. A set of questions accompanies each study course. All of this material can be printed either for reference or to provide handouts.
The Trust is established for the following charitable objects:
To foster good citizenship for the benefit of the public at large by the construction and maintenance of a Roll of Honour in remembrance of every police officer killed in the line of duty.
To advance the education of the public, and in particular the police, in the history of officers killed in the line of duty and officer safety by the maintenance of a comprehensive archive of information available to the public.
To relieve the need, in particular the emotional suffering, of bereaved families and friends of police officers who die or have died as a result of an injury received in the line of duty, by the provision of resources and services including care and support, advice and information.
The charity supports the children of serving and former members of the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police who are either deceased or retired on pension and are so incapacitated as to be unable to contribute materially to the family upkeep.
A comprehensive history of the Metropolitan Police from 1829 to the present. In these pages you will find descriptions of famous and lesser known events throughout the history of The Met as well as biographies of key figures and details of famous cases.
The information available from this Met Timeline is believed to be correct, and is drawn from documents from the Metropolitan Police Historical Collection, transcribed by Ken Butler.
There are many wonderful stories in the history of Scotland Yard. Some of them are contained in this website so that you may have a flavour of the rich heritage of Britain's policing. Three interesting books have also been published - Behind the Blue Lamp More behind the Blue Lamp Discovering More Behind the Blue lamp - The objects featured in this book come from Scotland Yard’s Crime Museum. They illustrate the history of crime and how methods of investigation have developed over the years. This book is a fascinating insight into the crimes and criminals that have passed through Scotland Yard and complemented the exhibition that was held at the Museum of London. Each of the 100 illustrated accounts in the book tells a detailed story about the crime, the investigation and the outcome. The reader is able to pick it up, open it at any page, and become totally absorbed in the fascinating story of solving crimes before modern technology.
Author of eleven books, Dick Kirby has also contributed to five anthologies, ten other true crime books and contributes to magazines and national newspapers on a regular basis; he also appears on radio and television and provides talks for groups on his experiences in the Metropolitan Police in which he roundly condemns political correctness, vapid senior officers and ‘soft’ policing.
Author of 'The Killing of Constable Blakelock' and 'Policing Notting Hill', is currently researching the Grosvenor Square demonstrations and would like to hear from anyone that was there in 1967 and 1968.
For information relating to Metropolitan Women Police Officers.
This site is dedicated to finding those who served as a Met cadet during '62 and '63.
This site aims to give an insight into the history of the policing of the River Thames. It also gives information on the exhibits, which may be found in the small museum located at Wapping police station, which for more than two centuries has been the headquarters of the River Police. The museum is housed in the old carpenters workshop and is administered by the Thames Police Association.
A guide to researching Met Police family history at the National Archives.
One place, millions of stories.
This has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years. Cyndi's List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.
A website for former officers from Bow Street police station full of pictures and reminiscences.
SIKHS have been serving in Police Forces in various parts of the World where they emigrated to and live now. Early records show that Sikhs served in Singapore and Malaysia Police Forces from mid 1850s.
To see Ron Smith's MPS related stories click here.
Want to be part of something new, exciting and different? A police only motorcycle club based in London.
Research and writing have always been important to Chris; firstly as a biological research scientist, and most recently as a historian. His fascination for these topics is in the analysis of how 'ordinary' individuals face 'extraordinary' situations in their lives. George Clarke, at the age of 59 in 1877 after a distinguished Scotland Yard career, found himself in the dock at the Old Bailey, charged with perverting the course of justice. The background and outcome to these events is described in my first historical book, 'The Chieftain', published in October 2011. In 1916 Clarke’s grandson, Charlie Payne, was conscripted into the British Army and soon found himself on the Western Front facing the dual threats of the German Army and the great influenza pandemic. Chris is now in the final stages of research for a second book, which has the working title 'Charlie's War'.
Chris has also completed a series of short articles on his Blog about each of the five most senior detectives at Scotland Yard in 1869/1870; a time when the Detective Department had started to expand under Commissioner Edmund Henderson.
The five articles can be located via Chris Payne's blog home page or for the five detectives individually at:
The ‘Tardis’ of the Doctor Who BBC television series is all that most know about the police box. These boxes have a far more interesting history, which was virtually unknown today before the publication of this book. To order.
An encyclopaedia of English and Welsh police forces and police history.
At the dawn of the Victorian age there was effectively no police detective force in Britain and detecting methods were rudimentary; by the end of Victoria’s reign the Criminal Investigation Department had been established and basic forensic tests were in use. This book explores the development of the professional detective during the nineteenth century, giving examples of the methods he used to track down criminals and to convict them of offences ranging from petty theft to brutal murder. It also explains the development of forensics, from fingerprinting to tests that could identify whether or not blood was human. Mysteries such as the Jack the Ripper murders are examined, as well as the work of famous sleuths like the ‘Prince of Detectives’ Jonathan Whicher – the real-life counterpart of the legendary Sherlock Holmes.
he collision of the Princess Alice pleasure steamer with the Tyne collier, Bywell Castle, in the Thames in September 1878 resulted in Britain's worst-ever inland waterway accident. Almost 650 Princess Alice passengers and crew died. Whole families were wiped out; many children were left orphans; parents childless. The nation wept. Joan Lock describes vividly the events leading up to the accident, the disaster itself and its aftermath. She then delves into the quarrels that the tragedy devolved into, as each side blamed the other during the extended inquiries to discover just how the accident happened and why so many people drowned. In the process, the author makes a startling discovery. . . In fact the police were very much involved as victims, recoverers of the bodies and organising the identification and the inquest proceedings.
50 Years of Turbulence - by Tony Moore
The author describes uniform and detective duties in London, emigration to Canada and working for Pinkertons. He was British Columbia's first Consumer Affairs Officer as Consumerism peaked in the seventies.
Exists to promote the history of the British Transport Police and to preserve the historical records and artefacts of all its constituent forces wherever British railway, dock and canal police forces were operational. To encourage and facilitate historical projects relating to the BTP and constituent forces.
CaP is a network of museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites concerned with the topic of crime and punishment. We aim to represent, promote and assist museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites which either hold collections or manage sites related to the topic of criminal justice.
This site has been developed in order to appeal to all those who have an interest in the Commandos.
This site broadly outlines what the Directorate was about, to identify its responsibilities, who were its customers, the organisational structure and to outline some of its history.
The Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) is an educational charity which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations world-wide.
Helping you do the research for your ancestors.
This guide has been produced by the University of London and gives information on history collections in the London area, both within and outside the University.
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) provides resources for historians. These resources include online articles, free event advertising, MA/PhD study, training courses, an open-access library and more.
The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘war-time experience’.
The original Library at Guildhall was founded in the 1420s under the terms of the will of Richard Whittington. Today, it is a major public reference library which specialises in the history of London, especially the City, as well as having other significant collections.
The object of the Society is to advance the public education in police history. In the furtherance of that object, the Society aims to act as a focal point and network for all who are Interested in the subject, to encourage the preservation of relevant police archives and artifacts and promote their accessibility to the general public and to forge and maintain strategic links with relevant academic institutions. Is also on Facebook.
The Police Museum was started as a collection of Police memorabilia in the 1960s by officers who felt there was a need to show our history. In 1992, in response to the need for more office space, the museum had to be dismantled, and its contents stored in boxes. The Historic Dockyard heard about this, and offered us the use of Boiler House No. 3 for seven years.
The Essex Police Museum was established in 1991 as a registered charity. (No.1042055) The Museum's collection consists of objects, paper documents and photographs relating to the history of the force from 1840 to the present day.
A history of Liverpool City Police from its inception to the present day.
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's Central Criminal Court.
A site dedicated to the history of the Bucks Constabulary, compiled by Mick Shaw.
A site dedicated to the Cheshire Constabulary.
For all with interest in the Greater Manchester area.
The purpose of this site is to encourage the interest in the policing of Surrey in what was to become the area outside the Metropolitan Police District.
These numbers were issued to officers, starting within a few weeks of the formation of the Metropolitan Police in September 1829. By the year 2000, warrant numbers had exceeded 200,000 and represent the best unique identifier for a particular officer.
In the National Archives are two registers, MEPO 3 41-2, which give names of the first recruits into the Metropolitan Police from 21st September 1829 until approximately 5th February 1830 (warrant numbers 1 - 3247).
A fascinating and unique collection that charts the development of the UK police service, from the earliest days, through to modern policing methods. Guided tours, provided by our knowledgeable volunteers, give you astonishing insights into crime in Victorian London, how social changes affect the work of the police force, and introduce you to the curious and eclectic Museum collection. Which is moving to the Guildhall, and will be open to the public in October 2016.
This web site has been set up so that you can keep in touch with friends and colleagues who have, and who still are serving at Harlesden, Kilburn, Willesden Green and Wembley.
This is a passionate and committed group devoted to the advancement of the Queensland Police Museum and to the enhancement and effective sharing of knowledge concerning the history of policing in Queensland, Australia.
The museum of Britain's first Police Force 1800 - 1975.
BAfM is here to help, encourage, inform and advise Friends, supporters and volunteers of museums, galleries, and other cultural organisations in all sections of our UK heritage.
The PFOA was created to support all those involved in firearms operations, and their families. It is managed by serving and retired police officers withmany years experience in this crucial field of policing.
Useful information about keeping children and young people safe online
A complete collection of transferable job skills, resources and tools for job-seekers and career-changers.
This site provides resource material from the Police Archive held at the Open University for two projects designed for Key Stage 3 and sixth-form students
A new one-stop website for luxury travellers seeking the very best of London hotels, shopping, entertainment, luxury services and tourist attractions in London.
London is a very safe place, but like any big city, its worth taking some precautions.
The Association was founded in 1987, and is the only organisation in the UK to draw members from all ranks and grades of the police service, both male and female, and associated organisations.
The NBPA women’s group is committed to the overall aims of the NBPA, but specifically to improve the working environment and conditions for women personnel of colour and improve the quality of service provided to BME communities.
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