Catalogue description WEST SUFFOLK POLICE FORCE

This record is held by Suffolk Archives - Bury St Edmunds Branch

Details of ED 500
Reference: ED 500
Description: ED 500/A ADMINISTRATION AND FORCE RECORDS: ED 500/A1 Police Committee/Standing Joint Committee; ED 500/A2 Chief Constable; ED 500/A3 Miscellaneous. ED 500/B FINANCIAL RECORDS: ED 500/B1 Receipts and payments journals; ED 500/B2 Records relating to pay; ED 500/B3 Miscellaneous. ED 500/C PERSONNEL RECORDS: ED 500/C1 Registers of officers. ED 500/D CRIME: ED500/D1 Crime registers; ED 500/D2 Charge Books; ED 500/D3 Section books; ED 500/D4 Miscellaneous. ED 500/E STATION RECORDS: ED 500/E1 Hadleigh. ED500/F RECORDS RELATING TO LICENSED PREMISES: ED 500/F1 Registers; ED 500/F2 Papers.
Date: 1844-1966
Related material:

For Quarter Sessions records at Bury relating to the police, see the catalogue of West Suffolk Quarter Sessions records, BA 500.


Records relating to the police in West Suffolk in the period 1869-1899 are among the Suffolk Quarter Sessions records at the Ipswich branch of the Suffolk Record Office.

Held by: Suffolk Archives - Bury St Edmunds Branch, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

West Suffolk Police Force

Immediate source of acquisition:

acc. nos. 2143, 2253, 5560, 7325, 7330

Publication note:

J.D. Wheeler, 'The Constabularies of West Suffolk' (1959)


Catherine Prescott, 'The Suffolk Constabulary in the nineteenth century' in Suffolk Institute of Archaeology Proceedings, vol. XXXI, pp. 1-46


Leslie C. Jacobs, Constables of Suffolk (1992), pp. 35-60

  • Law enforcement
Administrative / biographical background:

The West Suffolk police force was formed in 1844. In 1869, when the offices of Chief Constable of both the East and West Suffolk forces fell vacant, one appointment was made, and the two forces were amalgamated three years later. Following the death of the Chief Constable in 1898 it was ruled that West Suffolk had the power to appoint its own replacement. The unified Suffolk Constabulary was therefore disbanded and the West Suffolk force recreated. In 1967 the force was merged with the East Suffolk and Ipwich Borough force to form the Suffolk Constabulary.


Until 1889 the police were the responsibility of the Court of Quarter Sessions, acting through its Police Committee. When County Councils were created in 1889 control of the police was placed in the hands of a joint committee of County Councillors and JPs - the Standing Joint Committee.

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