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Origins of The City of London Police, Police Divisions in 1888 City of London Only. Source: Dickens's Dictionary of London 1888.
The City Police Force comprises 1 Commissioner, 1 Chief Superintendent, 1 Superintendent, 14 Inspectors, 92 Sergeants, and 781 Constables. The following is a list of divisions, with addresses of stations:-

-Cripplegate-More Lane - Snow Hill - Bridwell Place - Cloak Lane - Queen Street - Tower Street - Seething Lane - Bishopsgate

The City of London Police Records Office, 26 Old Jewry, London EC2R 8DJ possesses registers listing every member of the force since warrant numbers were introduced on 9 April 1832 together with personal files on 95% of officers who have served since that date.

Tracing an ancestor in the Metropolitan Police is difficult. Incomplete divisional records for A, B, E, F, G, H, K, L, M, N, R and Y divisions are held by the Metropolitan Police Historical Museum, C/O Room 1334 New Scotland Yard. Thames Division ledgers are held at Wapping Police Station Museum, 98 Wapping High Street, London EC1.


Foreword by Ex Commissioner Owen Kelly, Q.P.M. From the 1989 History. (issued to mark 150 Years of Service)

"The City of London Police occupies a unique position in the British Police Service. The Police Act of 1964 brought about the re-organisation of the smaller Police Forces throughout the country, many of them being amalgamated with larger adjoining bodies and, of the forty-three Police Forces in Engand and Wales, we are now the only 'City' police.

The City of London's importance as a leading commercial and financial centre, as well as in its State ceremonial functions, demand a singular approach to its policing problems, a task for which this Force has developed considerable expertise and, like the City itself, has its origins rooted deep in history. Although the Force in its present statutory form was established by the City of London Police Act of 1839, the City had been policed in various forms from much earlier times -going back, according to the earliest City records, to a time 'whereof man hath not the memory!'

The uniqueness of the City was underlined by the Royal Commission on Police (1962) which made the following comment:-"The City of London has an importance and position out of all relation to its size. In the field

of policing its problems are unique and specialised. It has to contend with a daily influx of three-quarters of a million people; it has to protect some of the most valuable property in the world; and it has been forced to develop in a very high degree means of combating crime in technical fields, such as company fraud."

The Force is renowned as being forward-looking and innovative, having pioneered important initiatives over the years in areas such as Communications, Crime Prevention and the investigation of Fraud. As we reflect on our past, which constitutes a record of continued success and advancement, so too must we look to the future and go on seeking ways of improving still further our efficiency and effectiveness.

The changing nature of the City of London is evidenced by considerable architectural development and significant social trends which may well require a different style of policing in years to come. In addition, we are now influenced by a great deal of legislation which seeks to promote effective policing in an accountable form. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act, Public Order Act, and the creation of the Crown Prosecution Service have re-defined police responsibilities to a great extent, and the Criminal Justice Act which established the Serious Fraud Office is of particular relevance to this Force with its high commitment to fraud investigation.

In the high-tech field of advanced computerisation we are making good use of the latest developments to speed communications, aid the investigation of serious crime and provide support systems for the myriad of administrative tasks associated with policing responsibilities.

We have witnessed many changes of all kinds in recent times. There will be more, but I take great delight in seeing that one thing has never changed and that is the fine tradition of courtesy and service this Force has given to the community over the past 150 years.

The man or woman who joins the City Police to-day finds us ready and able to face the challenges of the years ahead with a spirit that is embodied deep in the finest traditions of the Force. We must ensure that that continues.

Owen Kelly.


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