This extract from a certificate of service is typical of Metropolitan
Police service records held by The National Archives. The service
records of most other police forces in England and Wales, where they
survive, will either still be held by the force itself or at the appropriate
county record office.
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Metropolitan Police service records.
In 1901, as today, police pay was a controversial issue and it was
argued that police officers could not afford to live in London on their
existing salaries. Early in 1901, the starting salary for Metropolitan
police constables was raised to 25s 6d a week, higher than any other
English force except for the City of London. Recruits in 1901 could
expect a maximum weekly salary of 33s 6d.