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Correspondence regarding immigration
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- textual record
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- British Columbia. Superintendent of Police
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10 cm of textual records
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Prior to the establishment of the Province of British Columbia, policing in the Colony of British Columbia was the responsibility of the Chief Inspector of Police (1858-1863) or Superintendent of Police (1863-1871) and in the Colony of Vancouver Island by the Commissioner of Police (1858-1866).
In 1871, when the Colony of British Columbia joined confederation as a province of the Dominion of Canada, the police came under the authority of the Attorney-General. The reporting structure required the Superintendent of Police to report to the Attorney-General. Supervision of Police Constables throughout the province was divided between the government agent of the district and the Superintendent located at the Police Headquarters in Victoria.
The legal authority of the Superintendent of Police was not formally enshrined until the 1888 Police and Prisons Regulation Act (c.53, s.1). The position may have also been referred to as the Commissioner of Provincial Police.
The Superintendent acted as the Provincial Game Warden from 1918 to 1929 and was also the Inspector of gaols.
The British Columbia Provincial Police Force ceased to exist in 1950, when provincial policing was taken over by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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This series consists of correspondence related to the 1904 British Columbia Immigration Act. The records were created or received by the Provincial Immigration Officer, a position held by the Superintendent of the BC Provincial Police Force for these years. The correspondence is primarily with other government officials such as the Premier, Provincial Secretary and Deputy Immigration Officers, including one who worked in Blaine, Washington. Some correspondence may be from immigrants or other officials such as representatives from the Japanese Consul in BC.
Records relate to a variety of subjects, from financial expenses and statistics to the detention and deportation of those deemed “enemy aliens”. Many records regard Japanese people.
The records are arranged alphabetically by sender or subject. The majority of records are correspondence in, but there are also some copies of correspondence out written by the Superintendent.
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Accessioned as G80-047 in 1980.
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Accession number(s): G80-047