Category Archives: Books – Publications

Jim Browns’s latest book, ‘Lukcy Jim.’

Jim joined Southampton County Borough Police in 1952 and served as a beat officer, police motor cyclist, detective and one of the first scenes of crime officers. He has given an accurate factual account, warts and all, of how Southampton was policed in the 1950’60s. The behaviour of officers in this period, both supervising and subordinate, reflected the age.

It was a different post-war world with vastly different standards. Modern officers do not behave in this way; they are governed by different criteria and Jim’s account makes this clear. Zero tolerance was the norm and the protection of the law-abiding public the overriding concern of every officer, but their behaviour when carrying this out would often be completely unacceptable today. The reader will appreciate the strengths of the old-fashioned policing methods, as well as the weaknesses and serving officers will be staggered by the differences and the absence of modern technology.

New Book – 111 years Policing Winchester

New Book – 2012 

Published by the Hampshire Constabulary History Society

ISBN 978-0-9568 508-0-5 

Over 100 pages 26 illustrations- most never published before 

£10 (plus £2 p and p) 

Forthcoming Publication Spring 2012

New – 2012 Policing Winchester Book

2012 New book on Rise and Fall of the Police Box

Order form  or contact Brewin Books

New book on history of Police Boxes



New Book: ‘Southampton Murder Victims’

New Book – December 2012

Southampton Murder Victims Vol. II

Author: Jim Brown

 From DB Publishing

This book is a sequel to Southampton Murder Victims, produced in 2010 by DB Publishing and the present book is a joint publication with DB Publishing and the Hampshire Constabulary History Society. The former book explained, in some depth, the various amendments to the original mandatory death penalty for murder; the stages of penal servitude that were  imposed, until abolished in 1948; an explanation of the former Assize Court system, and the establishment of the Crown Courts that replaced them in 1972.

ISBN 978 1-7809 1-085-7


‘Southampton Murder Victims’

New Book by Local Author, Jim Brown

Accounts of 80 murders in Southampton between 1783 and 2009

Jim brown

Accounts of 80 murders in Southampton between 1783 and 2009

ISBN 978-85983-835-8

Available from local bookshops and Amazon

Kilo Sierra Five One: Policing Portsmouth in the 1980s

Kilo Sierra Five One: Policing Portsmouth in the 1980s

Kilo Sierra Five One: Policing Portsmouth in the 1980s

Available from local bookshops and Amazon

Retired PC, Steve Woodward (Author)

Portsmouth Police History

Researchers shoud be aware of the following Portsmouth City History Research facilities is a brand new online community archive created by Portsmouth City Museum in association with Portsmouth History Centre. Visitors to the website can add information about the people, places and topics that tell the story of Portsmouth, as well as pictures, memories and comments.

Portsmouth History Centre at which holds some Portsmouth police records).

For a detailed history of this force see: The Portsmouth Papers No. 2

A History of the Police of Portsmouth

James Cramer

Covers period 1241 to 1967

ISBN 0 901559 02 4

Available from Portsmouth Record Office

The Southampton Police Force 1836 History Book

2008 a book. Available at Southampton Civic Centre written by –  Anne Cookes in 1956

Southampton papers No. 8 (1972)


The Newspaper of the Hampshire Constabulary

Frontline is available on audio tape – contact Keith Vincent.
You can view back copies to 2001, via the force web site in pdf format

Copies are available for members of the public on the front counters of every police station in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and most Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton libraries should hold an up-to-date issue. 

Alternatively, you can read our online version of the newspaper on the pages listed above.

If you would prefer to receive the paper version then you can join our Frontline mailing list by sending a cheque for £10 sterling to cover administration and production costs for a year’s subscription (nine copies), made payable to Hampshire Constabulary, and addressed to:

Media & Corporate Communications
Police Headquarters
West Hill
SO22 5DB

Clearly mark your letter ‘Frontline subscription’, and don’t forget to include your own name and address. For more information email

Beyond Offa’s Dyke

New Private Publication

A book written by Enoch Davies, a former Portsmouth officer.
Gomer Press, Llandysul, Ceredigion SW44 4JL
£7.50 (includes p and p)
Tel: 01559 363092
E-mail address: –
Web site:

History of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary

Recently published by Phillimore and the HC History Society
a reprint of the illustrated 1966 book by Ian A. Watt

A History of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary 1839 – 1966

Available from local bookshops or on Amazon worldwide. ISBN 1-86077-383-4

Special Constabulary Anniversary History Book

Available from: PC Brian Dixon

Old Basing Police Station
54 Belle Vue Road, Old Basing, Hampshire RG 24 7LG,
United Kingdom
Book costs: £3
Postage is as follows:
UK – 65p, Europe – £1.53, USA – £2.71
Cheques made payable to ‘Hampshire Constabulary History Society’