Civil Defence Aux. Police

INTERIOR’S FIRST CD AUXILIARY POLICEMEN RECEIVE DIPLOMAS KINNAIRD The Interior’s first Civil Defence Auxiliary Police corps received diplomas and identification cards Thursday night, culminating nine months of extensive work and training. Resplendent in spanking new blue serge uniforms with red piping, the 19 men and one woman from the Kinnaird-Castlegar district are now prepared and ready to assist in any national disaster. Some 80 persons attended the two-part ceremony in the Kinnaird Improvement Society Hall and the kinnaird School. Inspection and presentation of diplomas was conducted at the school, with Cpl. Angus Macdonald, head of the Castlegar RCMP detachment who started the corps last April, was in charge of the inspection, with inspecting officer being...

B.C. Provincial Police

B.C. Provincial Police

The British Columbia Provincial Police (BCPP) was the first law enforcement body west of the Great Lakes. First created as a Colonial Police Force under Governor James Douglas on November 19, 1858 it was intended to maintain law and order during the Fraser Gold Rush. At first there was only one policman to patrol the 360,000 square miles in the interior of the colony but eventually the force grew to 520 men. BC Provincial Policemen brought law and order to the growing colony but they also collected liscense fees, reported on the weather, gathered statistics, checked cattle branding, tested new drivers, served court documents, and often performed the duties of prosecutors, jailers and prisoner escorts. After 1924 they wore uniforms of khaki and green and developed...