Monthly Archives: December 2008


Occasionally we are asked if someone is available as a, ‘guest speaker ‘ for clubs etc. We can recommend Colin Peake, who is a retired officer and who gives light hearted talks on policing in Hampshire, illustrated with slides. Proceeds to charity. Please e-mail the Society for more information.


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

Hampshire Family History Research

Hampshire Family History Research Recommended:

Hampshire On Line Parish Clerk (OPC) Project

Hampshire Parishes Portsea & Portsmouth

Ann Barrett’s Isle of Wight Family History page with list of many former police offciers.

General appeal…

The Society would like to hear from anyone who is researching the history of policing of their Hampshire home town.

Can you help?

Missing memorial

In the 1920s a memorial, in the form of stone pillars, was installed in the entrance steps to the old Headquarters in Romsey Road, West Hill, Winchester. This was in memory of those Hampshire officers who were killed in the Great War and listed their names. The pillars ‘disappeared’ after the old building was demolished in the 1960s – anyone know what happened to it?

Research and help needed…

  • Southampton City Police Records – Derek Stevens.
  • Reprinting General Orders – Derek Stevens.
  • The murder of Vera Glasspool 1917 – Cliff Williams.
  • Car Jacking incident in Andover 1938 involving Sgt James Hennon and PC Alexander Brodie. Main offender Andrew Vanderburg received 10 yrs penal servitude for this – Cliff Williams.

Policing Gosport in the 1800s

A mystery – was there another police force operating in the town? The latest news is, ‘yes there was.’ It was Metropolitan police officers, living in Gosport, policing the naval establishments, either the Portsmouth Dockyard or the newly established naval bases on the Gosport aside of the harbour.

Research – History of Law and Order/Policing in Andover 1800 – 1967

Cliff Williams at Headquarters, Winchester, is researching the History of Law and Order/Policing in Andover 1800 – 1967 and would welcome opportunity to hear from those who served in Andover during that period.

HCHS Police Exhibition

Southampton Solent University in partnership with the Hampshire Constabulary History Society are hosting a one day ‘Policing through the ages’ Conference at the Police training centre, Netley, near Southampton on Saturday 19th March 2011

 Conference venue

Guest speakers and organizers –  click to enlarge

‘Policing through the ages’ Conference


Chief Insp. Cliff Williams meets Senior Archivist Caroline Edwards
at a HRO Police Exhibition.

Contributions, articles, photographs etc.,
to this web site are always welcome

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
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