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This gallery takes a pictorial stroll through ten decades of the
City of London Special Constabulary with each picture symbolising
that particular decade.
Special Constables are unpaid members of the community who
volunteer to assist the regular police service to provide policing
to their own community on a part-time basis. They have the
same powers and responsibilities as their regular colleagues and
provide a vital link between the police and the community.
Picture 1 – 1911: Some of the 1,648 Special
Constables of the City of London Police Reserve being inspected by
the Lord Mayor after reporting for duty for the 1911 Docks
Picture 2 – 1920s: An Assistant Sergeant
in greatcoat and Special Constable in tunic order and a
non-uniformed Special Constable from a Ward Company patrol the
streets of the City during the General Strike of 1926.
Picture 3 – 1930s: Specials outside Snow Hill
station on the eve of war – September 1939
Picture 4 – 1940s: Special Constables from the
National Provincial Bank Company pictured during the Second World
Picture 5 – 1950s: Reporting for duty 1955
Picture 6 – 1960s: On parade at Southend on Sea
Picture 7 – 1970s: Out on patrol, late
1970s. It was in 1976 that the first female Specials joined
the City of London Special Constabulary
Picture 8 – 1980s: A Special Constabulary
recruitment poster from the 1980s
Picture 9 – 1990s: A male Section Officer and
female Divisional Commandant from 1996
Picture 10 – 2000: Specials on duty in the City
in the centenary year