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: 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

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

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?