Devon Constabulary Officers with HH Sanders

Herbert Hards Sanders – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1917-1929

Few Chief Constables of the United Kingdom could claim to have found the time to serve the public as both public servants and philanthropists. Even in the face of dreadful poverty, serious crime and a significant upheaval in his force‘s history, Herbert Hards Sanders did this and more. Police Staff Mark Rothwell has researched the life of the … Continue reading Herbert Hards Sanders – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1917-1929

Joseph Davidson Sowerby – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1892-1917

Joseph Davidson Sowerby was the Chief Constable of the Plymouth Borough Police from 1892 to 1917. Inspired by work recently conducted by Plymouth University into offending in the early twentieth century, Police Staff Mark Rothwell has written a piece on his life and career in the Devon & Cornwall Police constituent force. Roman numerals in the text relate … Continue reading Joseph Davidson Sowerby – Chief Constable of Plymouth Borough Police 1892-1917

Remembering Our Police Officers Who Lost Their Lives In The First World War – One Year On

Last year, Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police Heritage & Learning Resource volunteer Peter Hinchliffe researched a piece on the officers of the Devon & Cornwall Police constituent forces who lost their lives in the First World War.  As Peter noted, this was a particularly tricky piece of research for a variety of reasons; … Continue reading Remembering Our Police Officers Who Lost Their Lives In The First World War – One Year On

Visiting Police Museums and Collections

Over the last two weeks, Project Assistant Carmen has been visiting various police collections across the country to gain insight into how these museums/exhibitions are run, and what we can learn in planning for the future of the Historic Collections of Devon & Cornwall Police. Here are a few images from the places she visited. … Continue reading Visiting Police Museums and Collections

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

Following research by police staff Mark Rothwell, we may be able to shed some more light on to the officers of the Devon & Cornwall forces that served in the First World War; in particular, from Truro City Police (1836 - 1921). Following publication of the original article by volunteer Peter Hinchliffe last year, we were forwarded … Continue reading Remembering our Police Officers who lost their lives in the First World War: Update II

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?