Bradford City Police

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City of Bradford Police
Agency overview
Formed 1897
Dissolved 1974
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Size 143 sq mi / 370 km²
Population 216,495
Legal jurisdiction England & Wales
Governing body Bradford Corporation
Constituting instrument City of Bradford Act 1897
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Bradford City Hall (1897-1974)
Divisions 3
Stations 20
* Police area agency: Prescribed geographic area in the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.


Bradford Borough Charter was granted in 1847, Bradford Corporation acquired all the statutory powers off the old Municipal Corporation. 1848 was the year that the City of Bradford Police Force was almagated, with a Borough HQ No. 24-26 Swaine Street.

Bradford was granted city status in 1897.

Divisional structure[edit]

For operational purposes, Bradford Police was divided into three divisions. The force headquarters was in Bradford City Hall. The divisions with their associated stations and divisional identifiers were:

A East Bradford New Leeds, Bowling, Eccleshill, Idle, Tong, Thornbury, Thackley & Tyseral
B South West Bradford Little Horton, Great Horton, Wibsey, Buttershaw, Low moor& Wyke
C North West Bradford Manningham, Allerton, Heaton, Thornton, Frizinghall&Sandy Lane

Special Service[edit]

  • Traffic Division.
  • Underwater Search & Rescue Team.
  • Police Dog Section.



  • Gordon Smith,Bradford's Police- City of Bradford Police.