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This page is a guide for researchers into police history.  More websites are available at - 

If you are looking for the origin of a police whistle, please click here.

To learn more about whistles, why not take a look at the William Dowler & Sons Whistle Manufacturer History & Timeline by Avner Strauss.



For copies of Police Review and Parade Gossip

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​If you are looking for information about a

police officer’s service, please click on the image 

for a guide to tracing police ancestors.

Robert Curtis, The History of the Royal Irish Constabulary, 1871
Your Irish ancestry research may lead you to many unexpected resources worth exploring. One fascinating figure you may come across is Robert Curtis, a county inspector for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) during the 1800s.
In 1871, Curtis wrote a history of the force, now a valuable resource for understanding this vital part of Irish history. Read through our summary of this resource and its information, and find out how you can get your copy below.

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Warrant Cards

The Official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard states that a warrant card, issued as proof of a Constable’s attestation may not have been required to be carried as officers in the first years of the Met Police were required to wear their uniform on and off duty.   There was some doubt (perhaps retrospectively) that a flimsy piece of paper / card would have been sufficient proof of a Constable’s authority, and for that reason tipstaves were issued to the Detective Branch from 1867? as ‘warrant carriers’.   The crown on the hollow end of the tube of the tipstaff could unscrew, and it is thought that inside the tube would be the actual police officer’s warrant.   (The alternative explanation is that the crown unscrewed to make changes of crown with the monarchy easier to deal with).   In 1880, tipstaves were withdrawn and officers were then required to carry their warrant cards.


From very early days warrants were numbered, hence warrant number.   The Metropolitan Police Office regulations of 8 July 1830 make mention of the need for internal reports to contain the warrant number of each officer subject to reports.


All UK Police Services currently have their own web sites, which you can find by clicking here or below -


Northern Ireland




British Transport Police


Civil Nuclear Constabulary


Ministry of Defence Police


National Police Air Service  

Below you will find sections on police museums, police historical associations and other resources. Clicking on the appropriate link will take you to a list of relevant websites, where you will probably be able to navigate to other items of interest. Most sites are updated regularly and will repay further visits.  For a more comprehensive list click here.

Police Museums

Police Collections

Police Resources Websites

Police-related Historical Societies and other bodies

Metropolitan Police Boxes

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