“Regulations, Orders and Instructions, framed for the Governance and Guidance of the Durham County Constabulary” was written by Lieutenant Colonel George F White and published in 1892. It was a truly local product having been printed & bound by George H Procter, Stationer, Market Place, Durham.
The book itself is divided into 9 parts:
- Part 1: Conditions of Service
- Part 2: Formation & Distribution
- Part 3: General Duties of the Superior Grades, Superintendents
- Part 4: General Rules of Conduct and Discipline Applicable More or Less to all Grades
- Part 5: General Instructions for Constables as to their Duties and Powers
- Part 6: Epitome of the Statutes Which More Specially Concern the Police in the Discharge of their Ordinary Duties
- Part 7: Duties other than ordinary Police Duties directed to be performed by the County Constabulary by virtue of the Act 19 and 20 Viet., cap. 69 sec. 7.
- Part 8: Police Buildings, Lock-ups and Station Houses
- Part 9: Official Correspondence
There is also an appendix to the book that consists of four sections:
- Section 1: Divisions, with Acres, Population, and No. of Constables
- Section 2: Scale of Pay and Allowances
- Section 3: County of Durham Petty Sessions
- Section 4: List of Returns forwarded to Head Quarters
This particular copy of the book was bears the inscription of “PC 249″ inside the front cover so it can only be assumed that a serving Constable felt responsible for the safe-keeping of the book, in case some of his colleagues ‘borrowed’ it.
Over time I’ll describe the contents of the book more fully, but some section titles from Part 1″ Conditions of Service include:
“Abstain from offensive expressions of political or religious opinions”
“Devote whole time to Police Service”
“Not to receive money without permissions of the Chief Constable”
“Not to vote at Municipal Elections”
“Permission of Chief Constable to be obtained previous to marriage”
“Not to be concerned in business or traffic”
By modern standards they may seem draconian. Getting permission to marry, as well as giving up your right to vote in Municipal Elections would not stand a chance of being enforced in the 21st Century, however they were introduced to ensure good conduct.
As the numbers are reused and re-issued, it would be interesting to get today’s PC249 opinion on these regulations & instructions. Do you know today’s PC249? If so, ask them to get in touch using the contact page please.