Birmingham City Police

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Birmingham City Police
Birmingham City Police hat badge.jpg
Hat badge of the type in use on the last day of the service
Agency overview
Formed 20 November 1839 (1839-11-20)
Dissolved 31 March 1974 (1974-03-31)
Superseding agency West Midlands Police
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of Birmingham in the country of England, UK
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
General nature
Operational structure
Parent agency Home Office
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

Birmingham City Police was a police force responsible for policing the city of Birmingham in the West Midlands of England until 1974, when on 1 April it was amalgamated under the Local Government Act 1972 with West Midlands Constabulary and parts of other forces to form the West Midlands Police. The police force came into being on 20 November 1839 with 260 men. Francis Burgess, a local barrister, was appointed as the first police commissioner for Birmingham.[1]

Band[edit]

The Birmingham City Police Band was, at one period, conducted by Appleby Matthews,[2] organist of the city's St. Philip's Cathedral and the first conductor of the City of Birmingham Orchestra (later the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). members of the band would sometimes supplement the orchestras numbers.[3]

Chief Constables[edit]

Chief Constables of Birmingham City Police included:[4]

  • 1839 (1839)–1842 (1842) – Captain Francis Burgess
  • 1842 (1842)–1860 (1860) – Richard Stephens
  • 1860 (1860)–1876 (1876) – George Glossop
  • 1876 (1876)–1881 (1881) – Major Edwin Bond
  • 1882 (1882)–1899 (1899) – Joseph Farndale
  • 1899 (1899)–1935 (1935) – Sir Charles Haughton Rafter KBE KPM
  • 1935 (1935)–1941 (1941) – Cecil Charles Hudson Moriarty
  • 1941 (1941)–1945 (1945) – Sir William C. Johnson
  • 1945 (1945)–1963 (1963) – Sir Edward J. Dodd
  • 1963 (1963)–1974 (1974) – Sir William Derrick Capper

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". West Midlands Police. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ "City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra". Sinfini Music. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Morley, Christopher (4 November 2010). "A glorious 90 years". The Birmingham Post. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham City Police 1839 - 1974". West Midlands Police Museum. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 

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