Plymouth – Policing a City


For over 130 years, the Plymouth Police Force served the city in a number are ways, from helping the venerable, to road safety, to helping fight fires. The documentary shows the history of the force, from it’s beginnings in 1836 to the Passing Out Parade in May 1967.


DVD – Colour/B&W – 62 minutes

The Plymouth Constabulary formed in 1836, served the community for over 130 years until 1967, when a parade was held in the city centre to make the end of the force under Plymouth’s control. This documentary chronicles its history from those days and, with the aid of unique archive movie film, shows how the police were highly active in the1920’s distributing the Parish Fund, a forerunner to Social Security.

Also featured is a superb road safety film, inspired by the Chief Constable in 1926, showing, amongst other thing, how to board a tram. The war years are also featured together with the story of an unexploded bomb hit Greenbank Police Station and two German pilots were captured in the same day. With other rare photographs and movie film, this documentary is a history brought to life for all to see, in part, the policing of the City of Plymouth over the years.

An Aarchive Film Production in association with Roger Underwood
Produced & Directed by PHIL LILLEY
Executive Producer ROGER LILLEY
Based on the book by ERNEST DICKARTY
Inspired by BILL MALLETT
Technical Assistant STEVEJEFFERS
Cover Photograph by KEN FROGGATT
Script & Narration ROGER LILLEY
Camera & Editing PHIL LILLEY

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