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RECORDS OF CORPORATION OF BRISTOL


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Reference BCC
Covering dates 1189-2004
Held by Bristol Record Office
Extent 7 sub-fonds



Folder icon  POLICE (BRISTOL CONSTABULARY)  BCC/D/POL  [n.d.]

These documents are held at Bristol Record Office

Former reference: 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

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)

Contents:
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




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