Helping the Lancashire bobbies earn their stripes

Police training has changed over the years as this fascinating set of photographs in the 1930s reveals.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 1:52 pm
Police officers in gas masks receive anti-gas instruction at Lancaster Castle, used as an anti-gas training school by the Lancashire Constabulary in December 1936.

During the 1930s Lancashire Constabulary was the second largest force in the country after the Metropolitan Police.

With a patch encompassing modern day Greater Manchester and Merseyside as well as the current boundaries, Lancashire was the largest county force in the country with a manpower to match. To ensure officers were up to standard the force established a new training school at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, near Preston, in the 1930s.

Recruits making notes for am intelligence test during a staged smash and grab raid at Stanley Grange, Hoghton All photos: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Police recruits of the Lancashire Constabulary making notes for a general intelligence test during a specially-staged smash and grab raid.
Specially-staged smash and grab raid at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, to help train recruits
Police recruits being shown how to take a plaster cast of a footprint at the scene of a crime
Recruits to the police force during a physical training session in February 1939
Members of the Lancashire Police learning how to send and receive messages in morse code in May 1936
Recruits using full-size working models of cars, and a scale model of a roadway to learn about road safety
A group of policeman learning how to life-save in the swimming pool at Hutton Grammar School in May 1937
Recruits are taught about road safety at their Motor Training Centre at Hutton in July 1938
Sgt Taylor adjusting his constables gas mask during a gas drill, in September 1936.