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Sites you may find useful

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The International Police Association - 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.
The Official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard - 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.
Police Stations - If you want to know more start here.
Metropolitan Police photographs start here, open the site and ask for what you are looking for.
The British Police Service - a collection of photographs hosted by two retired police officers.
The Metropolitan Police Historic Vehicle Collection - is now on Facebook.
For a list all Police Museums go to the Police History Society.
The Bryn Elliot 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 Royal Military Police Museum - 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.
Police cars - if you are interested in anything to do with police vehicles, this could be a good place to start.
Police Gifts - 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.
Resource Material for Students of Social History from Police Archives  -  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.
Roll of Honour - The Trust is established for the following charitable objects:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. 
Metropolitan & City Police Orphans Fund - 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.
Official Metropolitan Police History - 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 Friends more comprehensive Metropolitan Police Timeline -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.
History by the Yard - 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.
Dick Kirby - 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.
Tony Moore - 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.
Metropolitan Women Police Association  - For information relating to Metropolitan Women Police Officers.
Metropolitan Police Cadets 1962 - 1963 - This site is dedicated to finding those who served as a Met cadet during '62 and '63.
Thames Police Museum  - 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.
National Archives - A guide to researching Met Police family history at the National Archives.
City of London Archives
The British Newspaper Archive - One place, millians of stories.
Cyndi's List 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. 
  •  What exactly is Cyndi's List?
    • A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
    • A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
    • A free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research.
    • A "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet.
    • Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet.
Bow Street Police Station website - A website for former officers from Bow Street police station full of pictures and reminiscences.  Latest offer.
Sikh Police History - 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.
British Pathe Newsreel Archives - to see Ron Smith's MPS related stories click here.
Metropolitan Police Hockey Club - originated on K Division about 1923/24.
Blue Knights Motor Cycle Club - The Home of the Blue Knights England II Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.  The Chapter covers the South East area of England including the London area and adjoining counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire and Berkshire.
PEELERS Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club England,  want to be part of something new, exciting and different - a police only motorcycle club based in London.
Chris Payne books - 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:  Adolphus (Dolly) Williamson  James J Thomson  George Clarke  William Palmer  Nathaniel Druscovich
The Rise and Fall of the Police Box - by John Bunker.  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.
Police Reference - an encyclopaedia of English and Welsh police forces and police history.  Review
The Victorian Detective - 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.
The Princess Alice Disaster - The 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. 
Policing Notting Hill: 50 Years of Turbulence - by Tony Moore
Will you walk a little faster - by Michael Hanson: 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.
The British Transport Police History Group (BTPHG) - 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.
The Crime and Punishment Collections Network (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.
Commando Veterans - This site has been developed in order to appeal to all those who have an interest in the Commandos.
Unofficial 131st (City of Glasgow) Field Regiment Royal Artillery website. - This website has been built as a memorial to those who lost their lives serving in the regiment and also as an information resource for those who wish to learn more.
Mary Evan's Picture Archive - and excellent resouce for historical photographs.
Crime/Black Museum - for an insite to what the public can't see.
Directorate of Communications History - 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.
Federation of Family History Societies - 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.
Society of Genealogists
Senate House Library - 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) - 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.
Imperial War Museum - 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’.
London Guildhall Library - 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.
Police History Society - 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.
Kent Police Museum - 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.
Essex Police Museum- 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.
Liverpool City Police - A history of Liverpool City Police from its inception to the present day.
Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913 - Central Criminal Court - 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.
Buckinghamshire Constabulary - A site dedicated to the history of the Bucks Constabulary, compiled by Mick Shaw.
Cheshire Police - A site dedicated to the Cheshire Constabulary.
Mobile Police Museum - This mobile police museum is one of the largest private collections in Northamptonshire  Preserving tangible links to the past for the benefit of present and future generations.
Greater Manchester Police museum - for all with interest in the Greater Manchester area.
Surrey Constabulary History Society -  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.
Metropolitan Police Warrant Numbers - 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.
More warrant numbers - 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).
City of London Police Museum - 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.
QK - 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.
The Friends of the Queensland Police Museum (FQPM) - 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.
Glasgow Police Museum - the museum of  Britain's first Police Force 1800 - 1975.
The British Association of Friends of Museums - 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. has sent us the following sites that may be useful: Court, Government & Criminal Records  Birth, Marriage & Death Records  Military Records   
Police Firearms Officers Association 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.

 Keeping Children Safe

Today, children and teenagers tend to know more about mobiles, the internet and  social media than adults.  That's why this guide has been written. It's to help adults understand what children really do on their mobiles and the internet.  It's also to help you talk to your children openly about the risks, so they know how to protect themselves.
You will probably find these sites useful:
This from the National Crime Agency
Childrens' health - internet safety
Maths Doctor - How To Keep Your Child Safe Online
Protecting Children’s Privacy – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators
Keeping children safe online - A Guide to Keeping Children Safe Online

Child internet safety.

Transferable Job Skills for Job-Seekers - 
A complete collection of transferable job skills resources and tools for job-seekers and career-changers.

Resources for Teachers

History from police archives - 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

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