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                                                         The Police History Society Award was established in                                                              order to recognise significant contributions in the field                                                        of police history.  The award is made as a formal                                                                  recognition of activities undertaken which are in keeping                                                      with the aims of the Society.

                                                     A nomination will be considered eligible for the award if                                                       the Awards Committee are satisfied it meets the                                                                   following criteria:

 

  • The nominator(s) present(s) a clear written statement, in no more than 300 words, supporting the view that the work of the nominee meets one or more aims of the Police History Society either wholly or in part.

  • The aims of the Society are to:

  • act as a focal point and network for all who are interested in police history;

  • promote interest in police history as a subject by:

    • occasional talks and meetings;

    • encouraging research into all aspects of police history; and

    • publishing the useful results of such research;

  • encourage the preservation of relevant police archives and artefacts and to promote their accessibility to the general public;

  • produce newsletters, journals and other publications;

  • provide grants for approved research into and publications relating to police history;

  • forge and maintain strategic links with relevant academic institutions;

  • maintain a register of police museums and archives and their curators or keepers; and

  • maintain a register of specialist interests and expertise within the broad subject of police history.

 

  • The nomination must be received by the Secretary by 1st June of the year in which the award is being made, i.e., if it is for 2022, it must be received by 1st June 2022.

 

Award Winners

2021 Clive Emsley (posthumously)

Prof Emsley was our academic adviser since the inception of the Society in 1985 until his passing in 2020. 

His contribution to the advancement and study of policing history is quite possibly unparalleled, and the committee's decision to award him with this was unanimous.

2020 David Taylor (posthumously)

David had a long and distinguished career in policing – serving in the Military Police and then rising through the ranks to Superintendent in Essex. David had been a member of the Society since the
mid-1980s and had served on the committee for 5 years. 

He is remembered with respect and high regard, as a lovely and gentle man, who held a real passion for Police History.