Police duties in the 20th century

Sussex Downs Ranger (1949)
Close up shot of a sign "Eastbourne County Borough Police". General view of Downs Police Station. Constable Henry Poole and his horse Thomas leaving stable and starting off on a journey. Mr Poole on horseback starts his daily journey. He stops at Beachyhead / Beachy Head to warn two children not to sit on the edge of cliff. Several shots of cliffs at Beachyhead. Boys get up and move away. Mr Poole gets on his horse and rides off. Mr Poole is seen rounding up stray cattle, and saving the life of a ewe who had turned upside down. Shepherd dipping sheep, pan to policeman on horseback. Two meet and shepherd gives the policeman a note. He puts it in his pocket, gets back on horse and leaves. Mr Poole recovering exhausted pigeon from the grass. Mr Poole is seen beating out a small fire. Policeman on horseback, on cliff edge, against a sunset. FILM ID:1269.2 A VIDEO FROM BRITISH PATHÉ. EXPLORE OUR ONLINE CHANNEL, BRITISH PATHÉ TV. IT'S FULL OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES, FASCINATING INTERVIEWS, AND CLASSIC MOVIES.
Man On The Beat / The Police - 1945 British Council Film Collection - CharlieDeanArchives
A look at 1940's police officers, their duties whilst on the beat, and their role within the community.
1950s British Public Information Films : The British Policeman - 1959 - CharlieDeanArchives
Following a 'typical' day in the life of Police Constable Jack Edwards, the film shows his 'typical' duties over an eight-hour shift. The film portrayal of PC Edwards as a guardian of law and order in 1950s Britain, understandably looks dated, when compared to today's modern Police Service. This film made available courtesy the UK National Archives .
It's Just Our Job (1963)
New technology and radio in the 60s (1960s)
The iconic Ford Zephyr police car was equipped with state of the art equipment including telex machines that could transmit photographs. Officers were given radios for the first time. These enable them to stay in touch with the police station. The early radios where referred to as bat phones because of the Motorola logo which looks like two wings
A Policeman's Lot (1962)
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Produced for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis by Associated British-Pathe. End title: Carelessness Causes Crime.

It’s Just Our Job (1963)

01:42:11 Alarm clock goes off at 7am. A hand reaches out and man turns it off. Shots of woman in a shower – she is wearing a shower cap. Man in his pyjamas has a shave. At the breakfast table – he eats. Now in police uniform, he picks his hat up and puts it on. He leaves his house, kissing his wife on the cheek.

01:43:07 Thames division river police climb into boats. Boat sets off from jetty. C/U of man operating the boat. “The sailor policemen” replace a barge’s tarpaulin. Hendon – police training centre. Policewoman is given special training for driving a police car. She reverses an Austin Cambridge through a narrow space. Police motorcyclists steer around an obstacle course. Policeman giving instruction to other policemen at desks. Car with chassis removed. Car chase on a slippery track. View from the car as it speeds around the track. Shots of the policeman at the wheel.

01:47:28 Traffic policemen at the scene of an accident. A man sits slumped at the wheel with blood on his head. A flashing light to warn other drivers that there has been an accident is set up.

The driver is given first aid. One policeman uses his radio. The two policemen study the car to ascertain the cause of the accident.

01:49:15 A dog and handler is requested in the search for a missing child in Epping Forest.

Many members of the mounted police take part in a search for a missing child. One policeman finds a child’s hat. A policewoman talks to the mother of the child. She is given the hat. A police dog is let out of the back of a van. It sniffs the hat. Police laboratory. Man checks a piece of metal from some wire cutters. Forensic science is described at playing an increasingly important part in police work. Police use flashlights in their search for the missing boy. C/U of the dog. The boy is found.

Produced for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis by Associated British-Pathe. End title: Carelessness Causes Crime.

 

 

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