State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

Series S2126 - GENERAL FILES [1]

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AU WA S2126

Title

GENERAL FILES [1]

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  • 1859-03-22 - 1883-12-31 (Accumulation)
  • 1859-01-01 - 1883-12-31 (Creation)

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AU WA A61 - WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT (1853-03-05 - 1995-05-31)

Administrative history

The history of policing in Western Australia began with the founding of the colony in 1829 when Governor Stirling appointed a few part-time constables to maintain public order in Perth and Fremantle. A troop of Mounted Police was formed in 1834 and other types of police were added as the needs of the colony changed, particularly after the introduction of convicts. The colony's Legislative Council passed a Police Ordinance in 1849 that outlined police powers and responsibilities. An organised Police Force did not as yet exist. The force was formally established in 1853, when a Chief of Police was appointed and a Code of Rules published outlining an administrative structure.

In 1861, a second and expanded Police Ordinance was passed to clarify the chain of command, the powers and responsibilities of members and the various offences they had to deal with. In that year, the force consisted of about 75 commissioned officers and men. The extent of police jurisdiction expanded with the State, and by the time the Police Act of 1892 - still largely in force - was passed, the number of members had increased three-fold. Until the era of Commissioner Robert Connell, who took rein in 1912, the management of the police was largely in the hands of colonial gentry, former military men and public servants.

Mission:
To preserve the peace within the community of Western Australia.

Functions:
To protect life and property;
To prevent crime or detect and prosecute offenders against those laws which confer duties, powers or authority upon members of the Western Australia Police Force.

The Western Australia Police Department changed its name to that of Western Australian Police Service in May 1995.

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General correspondence dealing with the administrative and operational sides of police work. Includes files on accidents, major crime (murders etc), Aborigines, Water Police, some routine police matters etc.

(Files in this Record Series include items which were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 5/6; Accession 129).

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Numerical

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Open

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Open access

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Microfilm copies. Please check SROWA microfilm area

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1876-01-01 - 1882-12-31

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1859-01-01 -

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1883-01-01 -

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Archivist's note

Range Control Symbol = 23/854 - 34/073
Copies: Microfilm copies of Cons 430, to 1900, are available in the State Records Office of Western Australia. Microfilm copies of the Registers to 1915 are also available at Cons 430. Cons 129 is also available on microfilm

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