First published in 1986, the Journal is a collection of articles and essays written by retired and serving police officers as well as historians. Published annually, the most recent Journal is volume 35 (2021).

If you are thinking of contributing an article to our annual Journal, then we would urge you to get in touch at an early stage with our editor, Tom Andrews, by e-mail at We welcome all submissions that have some relevance to the history of policing and law enforcement.


Journal articles are requested to be no more than around 5000 words in length and a minimum of 1000.


We welcome both academically written articles and personal accounts or recollections. Both of these contribute meaningfully to the study and recording of police history, which we see as the primary function of the Journal. If you wish to submit an academic essay with references, we prefer the use of footnote Harvard referencing, but if that's not something you are familiar with, the editor can adjust it for you as long as it is clear what the source relates to.


Please ensure all submissions are done via Microsoft Word documents and not pdf files.


We are particularly grateful if there are pictures that accompany your submission, but please be aware that due to formatting and amendments to ensure consistency throughout the Journal, these may not appear in exactly the same place and size they do in your original submission. Our best recommendation is to put all the images at the conclusion of the text and put (parenthesis) in the text where you would ideally like the pictures to be placed.


Submissions are accepted both from members and non-members of the Police History Society. We very much look forward to receiving your articles.

Click here for a full list of the contents of each Journal.  To open the full edition of the Journal click on the image for each volume.

For Journal editions 1 - 30, the public may down load the full edition of the Journal (PDF) by a click on the image at no cost.


For non-members, we will appreciate your consideration of becoming a Police History Society member so taking advantage of free copies of all the Journals in PDF format.


With the exception of volumes 1 - 12, 23, 26, 27, 29 and 30 (which are out of print), printed copies are available from the supplies officer priced £3.50 sterling for members (plus air mail if required) and £5.00 sterling to non-members (plus air mail).


Also available is a range of Police History Society merchandise. Click here for an Order Form.   Then, either complete the form and send it to Mike Vince, Supplies Officer, (below) with your cheque, or email your order and pay by BACS to PHS sort code: 30-98-97 account number: 48135262.  For overseas payments to Lloyds Bank - BIC: LOYDGB21031 IBAN: GB21 LOYD 30989748135262


Mike Vince
Supplies Officer
Police History Society
17 Edmonds Close
MK18 1YR

Email Mike