West Midlands Constabulary
|West Midlands Constabulary|
|Formed||1 April 1966|
|Dissolved||31 March 1974|
|Superseding agency||West Midlands Police|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||Country of England, UK|
|Legal jurisdiction||England & Wales|
|Constituting instrument||Police Act 1964|
|Parent agency||Home Office|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
It was created on 1 April 1966 under the Police Act 1964, with the re-organisation of the Black Country area as the five contiguous county boroughs of Dudley, Walsall, Warley, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton. Dudley Borough Police, Walsall Borough Police and Wolverhampton Borough Police were incorporated wholly into the new force. It also took in parts of the Staffordshire Constabulary and Worcestershire Constabulary.
The force was initially headed by Chief Constable Norman W. Goodchild, former Chief Constable of Wolverhampton Borough Police, until 1967, when he was replaced by Edwin Solomon, former Chief Constable of Walsall Borough Police.
On 1 April 1974 it amalgamated with the Birmingham City Police and parts of Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary, Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and West Mercia Constabulary to form the West Midlands Police, because of the Local Government Act 1972 which created the new West Midlands metropolitan county, which covered the West Midlands constabulary area along with Birmingham and Coventry and a few other surrounding towns.
- Home Office circular 67-1966 announcing the force's creation
- History of WM Police. Accessed via the Wayback Machine on 31 January 2006