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.

An ingenious pocket wireless is used by Mounted Police in Lancashire for controlling heavy traffic. It is especially useful on the occasion of Royal Visits, race-meetings, and other big events.

5. Wireless equipped police horses

An ingenious pocket wireless is used by Mounted Police in Lancashire for controlling heavy traffic. It is especially useful on the occasion of Royal Visits, race-meetings, and other big events.
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Recruits to the police force during a physical training session at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, near Preston

6. 16th February, 1939

Recruits to the police force during a physical training session at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, near Preston
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Radio control boxes are being erected in the Preston and Blackpool districts. This innovation will prove of great value to preventing traffic congestion on the very busy road between Preston and Blackpool.

7. Radio control boxes

Radio control boxes are being erected in the Preston and Blackpool districts. This innovation will prove of great value to preventing traffic congestion on the very busy road between Preston and Blackpool.
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Three months training is given to police recruits at the Lancashire Constabularys new training school at Hoghton, near Preston. The course includes crime detection, traffic control, first aid and anti-gas work

8. Crime Detection Course For Police Recruits

Three months training is given to police recruits at the Lancashire Constabularys new training school at Hoghton, near Preston. The course includes crime detection, traffic control, first aid and anti-gas work
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