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A suffragette sells the paper 'The Suffragette' outside Bow Street police station in London during the suffragette hearings.

A suffragette sells the paper 'The Suffragette' outside Bow Street police station in London during the suffragette hearings.

Through the ages: British women police officers' uniform (l-r) in 2009, 1919-1931, 1946-1968 and 1968-1972

90 years of girls in blue: And in 1919 they weren't even allowed to make any arrests!

PC Mohammed Shafiq on duty in the mid 1970s. Known to all as Mo, he joined Lancashire Constabulary on February 8, 1973. He joined Greater Manchester Police as part of the amalgamation of forces in 1974. He was the first non-white officer to serve in either Force. He served the public for 31-years before retiring at the rank of detective inspector in 2004. He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in 2005. www.gmp.police.uk

PC Mohammed Shafiq on duty in the mid Known to all as Mo, he joined…

A wonderfully preserved image of a Manchester City Police officer on point duty in central in the city around 1914.    Before the electronic traffic light became widespread, officers would control junctions during busy periods. This practice was known as point duty and each officer would be allocated a ‘point’ and set times at which he was to attend. http://www.gmpmuseum.com

Fascinating images from Greater Manchester Police Museum capture the dress, cars and landmark moments of the force

The first women police officers served during the First World War.  British Women during the First World War

The first women police officers served during the First World War. British Women during the First World War

Manchester Police peelers relaxing photographed around 1840.  This is one of the very earliest images of policing in the Greater Manchester Area.    The foundation of British policing was greatly influenced by some-time Home Secretary and Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel. Sir Robert was born in Bury, now part of the Greater Manchester region.  From the collection of the Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives. To find out more please visit http://www.gmpmuseum.com

Manchester Police peelers relaxing photographed around This is one of the very earliest images of policing in the Greater Manchester Area. The foundation of British policing was greatly influenced by some-time Home Secretary and Prime Minister,

Policeman on point duty, Fleet Street, London, 1946-59

A City of London Police Constable directs traffic at the junction of Fleet Street and Chancery Lane in The buildings on the left have been replaced with modern buildings, the buildings on the right are largely intact.

Ronald Briggs, sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the Great Train Robbery - UK - 15 April 1964

Ronald Briggs, sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the Great Train Robbery - UK - 15 April 1964

London bobby circa 1910

City of London bobby circa 1910 - this is the uniform Harry Sawdon wore only a few years later as a WWI London Constabulary Special Constable, for which he later received the Freedom of the City.

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