The J. Hudson and Co. Police Whistle

Police Whistles Inspired by some recent investigative eBay research of police history objects being sold online, it was interesting to see that a very popular item seemed to be the Metropolitan patent J. Hudson & Co. police whistle; a type that we hold multiple versions of within the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police.The J. Hudson … Continue reading The J. Hudson and Co. Police Whistle

RCM JENKINS – A Gentleman at War

Robert Cyril Morton Jenkins was Chief Constable of Penzance Borough Police Force between January 1937 and October 1941. Police Staff Mark Rothwell has researched RCM Jenkins' life after becoming inspired by the Stanhope A. Forbes portrait that used to hang in the executive office corridor at Middlemoor (recently re-hung in the Chief Constable's office). Here we have reproduced … Continue reading RCM JENKINS – A Gentleman at War

Community Consultation: what did we learn?

As a part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Start Up Grant awarded in August 2014, the Policing Past Community Present project performed two main forms of community consultation between February 2015 and March 2015 in order to find out public opinions on the future of the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police. This research is intended … Continue reading Community Consultation: what did we learn?

The Project So Far – In Pictures

As we're nearing the end of Stage One of our Heritage Lottery Fund Start-Up Grant project, Policing Past Community Present, we thought we'd share with you today some images from the last six months. The final part of this stage is to hold Focus Groups and a Consultation Survey, which we will use to gather … Continue reading The Project So Far – In Pictures

Hidden Stories from the Collection I: Community Police Car Restoration

Today we take a brief jump back in time to 2007, when a 1990s police car was restored with the help of a team of students. V168 LDV is a five door Ford Escort police car finished in Ford Diamond White with a 1.8 diesel engine. Manufactured in 1999 it was one of the last Escorts … Continue reading Hidden Stories from the Collection I: Community Police Car Restoration

Would you be interested in helping our project?

Policing Past Community Present is a new project working with and developing the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police in a way that will create a clear social mission for policing heritage.  Intellectually, the project aims to challenge the stereo-typical image of museums of crime and punishment and show that, interpreted with sensitivity and … Continue reading Would you be interested in helping our project?

Remembering our Police Officers who lost their lives in the First World War: Updated

Following new information being forwarded to us from Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, we have updated the list of serving police officers from Devon & Cornwall to include a PC Frederick James Beer (Private 8251 Coldstream Guards), who was killed on the 5th November 1914 and is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium. The Museum … Continue reading Remembering our Police Officers who lost their lives in the First World War: Updated

Remembering our Police Officers who lost their lives in the First World War

Historic Collections Heritage & Learning Resource Volunteer Peter Hinchliffe recently researched the members of the constituent forces who fought in the First World War. As a part of the First World War Remembrance memorials, Peter's work has been published by Devon & Cornwall Police. Here we are reproducing Peter's research, in order to show the kind of … Continue reading Remembering our Police Officers who lost their lives in the First World War