Call to share stories of 180 years of Leicestershire Police

Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole EMN-150311-132732001
Leicestershire Police chief constable Simon Cole EMN-150311-132732001

People in Rutland are being urged to share their stories of policing as the force prepares to celebrate its 180th anniversary next month.

This year Leicestershire Police is celebrating its 180th year of serving the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicester Borough Police, as it was known then, was founded on February 11, 1836.

On February 11, the force will be holding a special commerative event at Leicester Cathedral when members of the force who have been killed or have died during service will also be remembered.

During 2016, the force will be doing a number of things to mark the historic milestone, including carrying out 180 charitable acts and taking display boards on its history to local communities.

Simon Cole, the force’s current chief constable and its 28th during its history, will be among those taking part and is planning a 180-mile cycle ride in aid of the Care of Police Survivors trust.

Mr Cole said: “In 1836, the Borough Police was created - in 1839, Leicestershire County Police was created and Rutland had a series of watchmen until 1848 when Rutland had its own police force, when it had one constable and one chief constable. Over time Rutland became part of the force and in 1967, the City of Leicester and the County of Leicestershire and Rutland all became what we would now call Leicestershire Police and it is important for us to acknowledge that policing has been a part of the communities for the best part of 200 years.”

The force is keen to hear from anyone who has old photos, newspaper clippings or a memory involving Leicestershire Police. To share your memories, e-mail 180years@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk.