History of Thames Valley Police + BAM

This talk covers the origins of policing, starting with the tithing system and the communities ‘self-policing’. It discusses the lack of properly organised policing in the growing communities of the industrial revolution and Robert Peel’s formation of the first ‘official’ police, which rapidly expanded out into borough and county forces.

Specifically for the Thames Valley region, the talk also looks at the constituent small forces that combined into the Berkshire Constabulary, which itself combined with Bucks & Oxon to form Thames Valley in 1968, on to modern policing developments of today.

 

Dave Stubbs joined the police in 1968 and has served as a police officer, police civilian staff and now police museum volunteer, for over 54 years, mostly in Berkshire, with a strong emphasis on community policing and crime prevention throughout his service. Digging up musket balls from the civil war battle on his old beat generated a passion for history and his lifetime work with the police continues in his support for the Thames Valley Police Museum.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society but we request a donation of £5 from non-members.

A short Branch Annual Meeting will take place prior to Dave’s talk.

 

Date

Wed 08 May

Time

14:00 - 16:00

Location

West Berkshire Museum
West Berkshire Museum
The Wharf, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5AS
Website
https://www.westberkshireheritage.org/west-berkshire-museum
Category

Organiser

Newbury Branch - Berkshire FHS
Email
newbury@berksfhs.org.uk

Speaker

  • Dave Stubbs
    Dave Stubbs
    retired Newbury policeman

    Dave Stubbs joined the police in 1968 and has served as a police officer, police civilian staff and now police museum volunteer for over 54 years, mostly in Berkshire, with a strong emphasis on community policing and crime prevention throughout his service. Digging up musket balls from the civil war battle on his old beat generated a passion for history and his pride in his lifetime work with the police continues in his support for the Thames Valley Police Museum.