State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

Series S488 - GENERAL FILES [3]

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AU WA S488

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GENERAL FILES [3]

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  • 1900-01-01 - (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.

Name of creator

AU WA A62 - ROAD TRAFFIC AUTHORITY (1975-02-01 - 1982-02-02)

Administrative history

The Authority was formed to ensure enforcement of the various Acts and Regulations in respect to traffic and facilitate and maintain a licensing system for vehicles and motor drivers. The Authority was further charged with research into traffic accidents, the collection and analysis of statistics, publication of information and advice of a general or technical nature, investigation of laws relating to traffic and most significantly "... the attaining of the continuous co-operation and support of the community in achieving higher standards of road safety and more efficient traffic movement" (Road Traffic Authority Annual Report 1975).

Name of creator

AU WA A944 - WESTERN AUSTRALIA POLICE SERVICE (1995-05-01 -)

Administrative history

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

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General administration files, covering a wide range of topics, received from the Central Office of the Police Department, including files received from the Road Traffic Authority following its amalgamation with the Police Dept.

The series includes files on Aborigines, conferences, (of CIB chiefs, Australian Police Ministers, Commissioners and others) uniforms, police duties and Royal visits.

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Restricted for 50 years and 25 years from closure, except where marked as open.

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