Preston police

Preston police: Have a look back at what our Lancashire Constabulary used to look like

After many complaints over a number of years over the crime ridden state of Lancashire it was decided in 1839 that a combined police force was required to police the county.

With its HQ here in Preston, the modern force has plenty of high-tech resources at its disposal, but it wasn't always like that. Have a look through our archives at what policing in Preston used to look like.

Recruits of the Lancashire Constabulary, being trained at Stanley Grange, Houghton, near Preston, take notes during a staged smash and grab raid, as part of a general intelligence test.

1. 8th November 1938

Recruits of the Lancashire Constabulary, being trained at Stanley Grange, Houghton, near Preston, take notes during a staged smash and grab raid, as part of a general intelligence test.
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Police recruits being shown how to take a plaster cast of a footprint at the scene of a crime in Hoghton, Preston

2. Crime detection course for police recruits

Police recruits being shown how to take a plaster cast of a footprint at the scene of a crime in Hoghton, Preston
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A policeman speeding along Garstang Road near Preston, Lancashire, on a new motor pedal cycle with a 98cc two-stroke engine.

3. 20th October 1936

A policeman speeding along Garstang Road near Preston, Lancashire, on a new motor pedal cycle with a 98cc two-stroke engine.
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The Womans Auxiliary Police Corps in Preston working to keep a police car on the road

4. circa 1940

The Womans Auxiliary Police Corps in Preston working to keep a police car on the road
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