Talk:British South Africa Police

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The inclusion of the British South Africa Police under the South African banner is incorrect. The BSA Police was a Rhodesian law enforcement agency and had nothing to do with South Africa, apart from the Republic of South Africa being on the borders of Rhodesia. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:58, 8 September 2007 (UTC)

British South African Police[edit]

Is the British South African Police (African rather than Africa) the same organisation. Looking at John Sanctuary Nicholson obituary it mentions he raised the Corps of British South African Police for operations against the native uprising in Matabeleland, he was appointed Commandant-General of the British South African Police in 1898 until October 1900. MilborneOne (talk) 21:12, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

There was never such a thing as the "British South African Police"; references to this name occur when a writer mishears the actual name, which is the "British South Africa Police". The corps raised by Nicholson in 1898 was the very same BSAP this article discusses. Cliftonian (talk) 00:29, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

I can confirm the point made by Cliftonian that there was no such organization as the British South African Police. The BSA Police was the British South Africa Police and derives its name from the earliest references to central southern Africa as "British South Africa". The history of the British South Africa Police will show the force had predecessor Divisions within then Bechuanaland (now Botswana) and also some territory north of the Zambezi (now part of Zambia). The use of the term "British South African Police" is a common error which has caused confusion for many, even today. I would urge that any reference to the force be the correct title, the British South Africa Police. 8646 Andrew (talk) 04:52, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

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