Foreward and Preface

Foreward

Present Constabulary headquarters: Leek Wootton, WarwickAs Chairman of the Warwickshire Standing Joint Committee, I have been asked to write a foreword to this admirable publication. I do so with pleasure. I do not 

propose to go back one hundred years but maybe some forty to sixty.

As a child, I can remember my nurse saying, “If you are not good, I shall fetch a policeman,” and I believe in those days many mothers said the same thing. I remember too the Music Hall joke about policemen, but, may I say, when I came of age I soon began to realise how different things really were.A Policeman was not someone to be frightened of, but someone who could be one’s best friend. My long service in the Warwickshire Special Constabulary, and especially in the Years of the Great War 1939-45 opened my eyes to the responsibilities, the wealth of knowledge and the tact demanded from the ordinary P.C., for whom I was sometimes a very poor substitute.

I think today that times have changed and that a Policeman is regarded by law-abiding citizens as an adviser and friend, and not an enemy. Do the general public realise what we owe to the Police Force, when we are quietly sleeping in our beds knowing that the guardians of law and order are keeping watch over us?

In the years since the last war, I think the Warwickshire Standing Joint Committee have fully realised that the life of a Policeman is different from that enjoyed by the ordinary citizen, and they have endeavoured to improve home comforts, by raising the standard of the old police houses and maintaining it in the new ones, which they are now building.

I believe that the relationship between the Committee and the Police is most friendly. May it always so be.

We thank the Police of the County for all that they have done in the last one hundred years. A high standard has been set, but I feel sure that a still higher one will be reached in the next one hundred years.

FRANCIS D. FARLEY – Chairman of the Standing Joint Committee. January, 1957.

Preface

It is appropriate that the Centenary of the birth of the Warwickshire Constabulary should be marked by the publication of a short account of its history. This account is an understatement of the contribution the Force has made to the good government, law and order of the County.

Unlike a Regimental history, it contains no record of valour or of successes against overwhelming odds. Many brave and unselfish acts have been performed over the years by members of the Force, but, since we are essentially civilian in character, it is better that the emphasis should be upon the ordinary routine duties we have rendered to the community with that quiet efficiency and dignity that is associated with the British Police.

The steadfast devotion to duty of police officers goes, for the most part, unheralded and unsung. The measure of their success is the high esteem in which they are held by responsible citizens and by the absence of crime and serious breaches of the peace. Our reputation has been acquired for us by our predecessors, it is now our turn to enhance it and pass it on unblemished to those who come after.

I wish to place on record my appreciation of the work which has been done by Inspector Hinksman who prepared this brief history.

GEOFFREY WHITE Lt. COL. – Chief Constable 1957