POLICE (BRISTOL CONSTABULARY)

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Details of POLICE (BRISTOL CONSTABULARY)
Title: POLICE (BRISTOL CONSTABULARY)
Reference: BCC/D/POL
Description:

Records of Bristol Constabulary, 1836-1974 and Avon & Somerset Constabulary, 1974 to date.

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

Minutes

 

Watch Committee minutes

 

Watch Committee sub-committee minutes

 

Officers' conferences

 

Reports

 

Watch Committee reports

 

Chief Constable's reports

 

Annual Reports on Establishment and Crime

 

Reports to Brewster Sessions

 

Road Accident Reports

 

Statistics and Circulars

 

Home Office Circulars

 

Home Office Notices

 

Returns of staff

 

Inspections

 

H M Inspector of Constabulary

 

Watch Committee Inspections

 

Reviews and Parades

 

Working Parties

 

Amalgamation Working Party

 

Operational practices

 

Liaison Groups

 

Council for Racial Equality

 

Community Liaison

 

Bye-laws and Local Acts

 

General bye-laws

 

Docks bye-laws

 

Transport bye-laws

 

Corporation Acts

 

Notices

 

Rules and Orders

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Staff

 

Registers of officers

 

Registers of constables

 

Registers of cadets

 

Registers of conduct

 

Special Constables and Reservists

 

Applications

 

Medical Officers' Reports

 

Registers of service reservists

 

Disciplinary records

 

Oaths

 

Retirement and resignations

 

Pay and salary records

 

Pension records

 

Gallantry awards and police medals

 

Roll of Honour

 

Civic awards

 

Ambulance team and life-saving

 

Benevolent Fund

 

Sports Clubs

 

Band

 

Constabulary club

 

Police Federation

 

Personal papers

 

Uniforms

 

Correspondence

 

Letters

 

Cards

 

Journals and Notebooks

 

Diaries

 

Telephone messages

 

Records of constables entering stations

 

Duty books

 

Notebooks

 

Beat cards

 

Warrant Cards

 

Instructions and Orders

 

Instructions

 

Standing Orders

 

General Orders

 

Force Orders

 

Daily Orders

 

Operation Orders

 

Special Operations

 

Station regulations

 

Disturbances

 

Stock and Purchasing

 

Inventories

 

Goods Inward Received

 

Stations

 

Pillars and Boxes

 

Horse Register

 

Motor Vehicles

 

Clothing

 

FINANCE

 

Financial Records

 

Vouchers

 

Accounts

 

Cash books

 

CIVIL DEFENCE

 

Duties and instructions

 

Casualties

 

National Registration

 

Air Raid Precautions

 

Billeting

 

Service personnel

 

Printed Material

 

Miscellaneous

 

CRIMINAL ADMINISTRATION

 

Occurrence books

 

Crime Report Register

 

Cases

 

Offences

 

Station Journals

 

Information books

 

Charges

 

Motoring offences

 

Statutes and charges

 

Warrants and summonses

 

Warrants

 

Registers of warrants

 

Notice books and Police Gazettes

 

Summons books

 

Summonses

 

Prisoners and convicted persons

 

Tried prisoners

 

Prisoners' books

 

Receipts for prisoners' goods

 

Registers of persons reporting

 

Licences to be at large

 

CIVIL ADMINISTRATION

 

Inquests

 

Registers of Inquests

 

Jurors' records

 

Case notes

 

Licensing

 

Applications for licences

 

Registers of licensed premises, A Division

 

Registers of licensed premises, C Division

 

Registers of beerhouse keepers

 

Public and beerhouse complaints,

 

A Division

 

CIVIL ADMINISTRATION

 

Public and beerhouse complaints, B Division

 

Public and beerhouse complaints, C Division

 

Public and beerhouse complaints, D Division

 

Public and beerhouse complaints,H Division

 

Beerhouse offences

 

Pedlars' and street traders' licences

 

Entertainment licences

 

Applications for licences for film shows

 

Hackney carriage licences

 

Dog

 

Registers

 

Lost and stolen property

 

Lost children

 

Aliens

 

Committal of Mental Defectives

 

Keys

 

OTHER RECORDS

 

Printed Material

 

Police Newspapers and Journals

 

Newsbeat (Journal of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary)

 

Instruction Manuals

 

Reports

 

Official openings

 

Services

 

Newscuttings

 

Books of reference

 

Stations of Units

 

'Wel-Com' (magazine of Bristol Constabulary Comrades' Association)

 

Photographs and Films

 

Portraits and groups

 

Visitors

 

Incidents and Operations

 

Parades and Inspections

 

Demonstrations

 

Publicity photographs

 

Street scenes

 

Sports and Social Clubs

 

Films

 

Outsize Photographs

 

Miscellaneous

 

Plans

 

Area plans

 

Administrative plans

 

Operational plans

 

Kings Weston House plans

 

Building plans

 

Historical Material

 

History of Bristol Constabulary

 

Notes and notices

 

Kings Weston House

 

Histories of other forces

 

Booklets (non-police)

 

Pictures

 

Miscellaneous

 

Documents

 

Museum

 

Artefacts

Held by: Bristol Record Office, not available at The National Archives
Language: English
Administrative History:

Following a report of the Watch Committee, Bristol Constabulary was founded on 1836 Jun 25, dividing the city into 4 divisions. The head of the force was Mr Joseph Bishop, who died in 1838. He was replaced by Lieut Henry Fisher, R N, the only non-professional policeman to head the Bristol force.

 

Over the course of the next century the force became increasingly specialised, and developed several branches:

 

1842 Water Police

 

1876 Fire Brigade

 

1880 Detective Staff

 

(Detectives first employed in 1846; the name of the branch changed to Criminal investigation Department in 1920)

 

1898 Mounted Police

 

1920 Women Police Division

 

1931 Motorised patrols

 

In 1974 the force was re-organised, and along with Somerset and Bath Constabulary formed Avon and Somerset Constabulary. A printed Historical Review of Bristol Constabulary (see BCC/D/Pol/HM/1/4) was written at the time of the merger, and many of the records in this collection would appear to have been collected during the compilation of this publication. A further source of records would seem to have been the force museum.

 

For further details on the history of Bristol Constabulary, see the following:

 

Bristol City Police, 1836-1936 (1936) BCC/D/Pol/HM/1/3

 

A Historical Review of the Bristol Constabulary (1974) BCC/D/Pol/HM/1/5 in this catalogue and

 

The Police : a brief History (1980s) BCC/D/Pol/HM/1/5 in this catalogue and

 

Establishment of the Bristol Police Force, by R Walters (1975) BRO ref: HA pamphlet 36 and

 

Police in late Victorian Bristol, by Brian Howell (1989) BRO ref: HA pamphlet 7] obtainable from Bristol Record Office

 

Related material at Bristol Record Office includes:

 

Watch Committee minutes, 1831-1832, 1836-1960

 

Watch Committee sub-committees minutes, 1906-1967

 

(see Guide to Bristol Archives Office, E.Ralph, page 14 for details)

Former Reference Department: 34908
Conditions of access:

Please note that the records of Bristol Constabulary are closed for 30 years from the date of the final entry in the record

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