Family History Federation

Devon Constabulary Monthly Return – 30th April 1876

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. The police force in each county was put under the jurisdiction of the County Quarter Sessions, which was made responsible for appointing the Chief Constable. This remained the situation until The Local Government Act was passed in 1888 which established elected county councils and decreed that police forces were to be run by Standing Joint Committees made up of county councillors and magistrates. In order to prove the efficiency of the force, Devon County Constabulary regularly submitted returns to the County Quarter Sessions of the number of ‘apprehensions’ for various offences. These are statistics only. Every month, returns were also made of all the serving police officers in the county and these give the names of the men, listed by division, with their rank and their collar number. There is a separate section for men who have resigned in the last month and there is a column on the form for notes to record that a man has just joined the force or has moved from another division. These returns have never been used for any kind of research, mainly because, hidden among the Quarter Sessions papers, their existence has not been catalogued and they are not easy to retrieve. However, they are useful for anyone researching an ancestor in the police force, as, by comparing the returns for each month, it should be possible to find out where and when an officer joined the force and where he was stationed. This index covers a sample month and year.


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