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.

Helping the Lancashire bobbies earn their stripes

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

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

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
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.
Police recruits of the Lancashire Constabulary making notes for a general intelligence test during a specially-staged smash and grab raid.
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Specially-staged smash and grab raid at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, to help train recruits
Specially-staged smash and grab raid at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, to help train recruits
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Police recruits being shown how to take a plaster cast of a footprint at the scene of a crime
Police recruits being shown how to take a plaster cast of a footprint at the scene of a crime
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