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There has been some form of policing in the City of London since
Roman times. The current City Police Headquarters is built on part
of the site of the Roman fortress that probably housed some of the
City’s first “police".
This sections takes you on a journey back through time
looking at some of the key dates in the history of the City of
Here you will find a list of some of the key
dates in our history, from the force being formed in 1832
right through to the move to our new headquarters in 2001.
View our key
City of London Police HQ houses a small but
unique museum dedicated to the history of crime and policing
in the City of London.
The Museum now has its own website with opening time information
and contact details, as well as ways information about ways you can
support the museum.
City of London Police Museum website
In December 1910, the murder of three City of
London Police officers and the wounding of two others was, and
continues to be, one of the largest multiple murders of police
officers on duty carried out in Great Britain.
more about the Houndsditch murders and what life was like
for officers over a hundred years ago
The City of London Police struck gold for Great
Britain in the 1908 Olympic Games held in the purpose-built
stadium at The White City, Shepherd's Bush. These were the
first Olympics to see the now traditional gold, silver and
bronze medal awards.
more about our Olympic legacy
13 May 1907 the City of London Police Ambulance
Service came into being. Instead of horses, the service
purchased an electrically driven motor ambulance from the
Electromobile Company in Mayfair.
out more about the history of the City of London Police
Takes a pictorial stroll through ten decades of
the City of London Special Constabulary with each picture
symbolising that particular decade.
the Specials photo gallery
The records show that in 1949 the City of London
Police recruited its first female police officers. In the
last 50 years over 350 female officers have been
sworn in as police constables
more about the history of female police officers in the City
of London Police
The Romans brought their own form of policing to
this Country nearly 2000 years ago. The Anglo-Saxons and Danes
introduced a form of policing based on the Hundreds and
more about British Policing History