150 years of policing

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the New South Wales Police Force. In 1862 the various independent police units throughout New South Wales were combined under the Police Regulation Act to form the New South Wales Police.

A Police Station was established at Five Dock in 1876 initially with a strength of one foot constable. The Drummoyne Police Station was established in 1891 and had a strength of two foot constables.

The photograph shows the Five Dock Police Station, Great North Road in the early 1900s. The station served as the home for the officer in charge whose family can be seen in the photograph. It was also the State Electoral Office. The station was located near present-day Fred Kelly Place and has since been demolished.

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Posted on October 25, 2012, in Five Dock and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Local policing had its lighter moments: in The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August 1953, Column 8 noted: ‘Accompanied by a girl witness of the same age, a boy aged 7, walked into the Drummoyne Police Station yesterday and reported that the boy from whom he had won a marble wouldn’t pay up. The police recorded all the facts and told the young complainant to see the offender and tell him that if he didn’t pay up he would be for it.’

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