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Certificates of appointment and certificates of dismissal for police constables and peace officers

  • GR-3171
  • Series
  • 1970-1984

Certificates of appointment and certificates of dismissal for police constables and peace officers under the National Harbours Board Act and the Canada Ports Corporation Act registered at the Vancouver Law Courts. The certificates (many of which are photocopies) were originally kept on a Shannon file with no consistent numbering system or pairing of appointments and dismissals.

British Columbia. Vancouver Law Courts

Provincial Secretary diary journal

  • GR-2014
  • Series
  • 1899-1900

Volume II, July 1899 - Feb 1900 (vol. I not extant), of a Diary Journal kept by the Provincial Secretary, Charles Augustus Semlin, noting appointments and letters inward relating to many aspects of the office.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Provincial Secretary

Records relating to Special Constables under the Railway Act

  • GR-2884
  • Series
  • 1903-1996

The series consists of applications, certificates of appointment, oaths, certificates of dismissal and indexes for Special Constables under the Railway Act filed at the Vancouver Court Registry between 1903 and 1996. Appointments were made by a Vancouver Police Magistrate or a Vancouver Stipendiary Magistrate (or Deputy) or the Chief Commissioner of Police for the Dominion of Canada on the recommendation of member of the Department of Investigation for the railway company. Certificates of dismissal were issued by the Superintendent or an Inspector of the Department of Investigation of the railway company. This collection has records for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canadian National Railway, the Great Northern Railway and Via Rail Canada.

British Columbia. Court Registry (Vancouver)

Provincial police daily record books

  • GR-0036
  • Series
  • 1930-1933

The series consists of daily record books created between February and 1930 and June 1933 by the British Columbia Provincial Police stationed at Ashcroft. There are four volumes and the contents include complaints, details of patrols, investigations, arrests and other duties carried out by the Provincial Police at Ashcroft.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Ashcroft)

Revenue receipt books

  • GR-0438
  • Series
  • 1887-1922

The series consists of 11 volumes of revenue receipt books created by the British Columbia Superintendent of Police between 1897 and 1922.

Each volume (many identified as Form J) lists revenue receipts of monies collected by the Provincial Police and the associated payments made to the Treasury. The revenue receipts are arranged chronologically and include payments received for various licences such as liquor trade, peddler, motor vehicle and chauffeur licences, firearms, dogs, angler and other game licences. Other entries include fines, prisoner's keep and poll tax payments.

Many of the early entries are signed by Superintendent F.S. Hussey.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Revenue receipt books : form J

  • GR-0439
  • Series
  • 1907-1914

The series consists of 2 volumes of revenue receipt books created by the British Columbia Superintendent of Police between 1907 and 1914.

Each volume, identified as form J, lists revenue receipts of monies collected by the Provincial Police and the associated payments made to the Treasury. The revenue receipts are arranged chronologically and consist of payments received for licences for anglers and permits for export of game. There are also licences for firearms, listed as ordinary, general and special licences.

Volume 1 is from August 1907 to October 1913 and volume 2 is from October 1913 to October 1914.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Correspondence relating to the Royal Visit, 1939

  • GR-0059
  • Series
  • 1939

The series consists of correspondence relating to the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to British Columbia in 1939.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence

  • GR-0103
  • Series
  • 1911-1912

The series consists of the correspondence of Colin S. Campbell, Superintendent of Provincial Police in Victoria from March 1911 to August 1912. The files are arranged chronologically and contain letters inward to Campbell from Inspector Thomas Smith on the mainland, and include carbon copies of Campbell's replies. There are also a few letters written by Campbell when he was an inspector in 1911, to Superintendent F.S. Hussey.

The correspondence deals with complaints against police constables, equipment, condition of lock-ups and jails throughout the province, inspection of hotels and other administrative matters.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Provincial Police vouchers and correspondence

  • GR-0106
  • Series
  • 1917-1929

The series consists of records created by the Superintendent of Provincial Police between 1917 and 1929. The records relate to the Victoria district and "A" division and contain files relating to various acts including the Sheep Protection Act and the Poll Tax Act from 1917 to 1921; vouchers and correspondence re vouchers from 1917 to 1925; and vouchers and miscellaneous letters from 1928 to 1929.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Superintendent of Police notes and correspondence

  • GR-0104
  • Series
  • 1900-1916

The series consists of miscellaneous notes, memos, and correspondence created by the Superintendent of Provincial Police between 1900-1916.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Letterbook

  • GR-2280
  • Series
  • 1872-1873

Letterbook of correspondence outward from the Attorney General's office January 1872 - October 1872 (McCreight) and January - September 1873 (Walkem) regarding policing In the province. Indexed. There is a list of constables, and clerks of the bench and their location glued to the inside cover of the volume.

British Columbia. Dept. of the Attorney-General

Fairview police charge books and magistrate's notebook

  • GR-0590
  • Series
  • 1893-1923

This series consists of four volumes of Fairview Provincial Court police charge books and magistrate's notebooks. Volumes include a police charge books, Fairview, 1897-1921 and Osoyoos, 1893-1877; magistrate's court notebook, Fairview, 1922-1923.

British Columbia. Provincial Court (Fairview)

Inspector T.G. Wynn correspondence outward

  • GR-0336
  • Series
  • 1913

This series consists of correspondence outward of BC Provincial Police Inspector T.G. Wynn from 10 January - 12 April 1913.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force. Inspector

Superintendent of Police letterbook

  • GR-0337
  • Series
  • 1915

BC Provincial Police Superintendent's letter-book containing one letter only, dated February 12, 1915.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Indexes to letters inward to the Superintendent of Police

  • GR-0425
  • Series
  • 1912-1922

This series consists of indexes to letters inward to the Superintendent of Police, 1912-1922. Volume 1 is arranged alphabetically by subject, volume 2 by place name.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Sergeant's report book

  • GR-0426
  • Series
  • 1863-1866

This series consists of Colony of Vancouver Island Police Sergeant's report book, Jan. 20, 1863 April 3, 1865, and April 8, 1865 - Oct. 25, 1866.

Vancouver Island. Police and Prisons Dept.

Monthly crime analysis and statement of fines.

  • GR-0666
  • Series
  • 1923-1926; 1930-1935

This series consists of ten volumes of Provincial Police Force monthly crime analysis and statement of fines, 1923-1926 and 1930-1935. Volume 1 is arranged by division, then district. All other volumes are arranged alphabetically by district or municipality.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Commission on Police Administration in New Westminster (1942)

  • GR-0910
  • Series
  • 1942

This series consists of records of the Commission on Police Administration of the Corporation of the City of New Westminster, 1942. Unit consists of correspondence, transcript of proceedings, exhibits and report.

British Columbia. Commission on Police Administration of the Corporation of the City of New Westminster [1942]

Small Debts Court ledger and ledger of advances

  • GR-3611
  • Series
  • 1941-1952

The series consists of one ledger that includes both advance and refund information as well as balances from the Barkerville Small Debts Court. The first ten pages of the ledger appear to have been used by the Government Agent in Barkerville, and provide information on cash advances and refunds from 1941 to 1948. Many of the advances were made to police constables, and included in the ledger are several “Authority for Cash Advance” forms addressed to the Government Agent at Barkerville and signed by Sergeant T. R. Baker, who may have been provincial police sergeant Thomas Raymond Baker.

The second half of the ledger includes a list of receipts and disbursements for the Small Debts Court, presumed to be at Barkerville.

British Columbia. Government Agent (Barkerville)

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0055
  • Series
  • 1891-1910

The series consists of Superintendent of Police correspondence inward from 1891 to 1910. The correspondence is generally filed chronologically and alphabetically by sender's name.

With the exception of certain files in 1896 and 1897, the correspondence from 1891 to 1900 is organized by date and then by letter of the alphabet. From 1901 to 1910 the correspondence is organized by alphabet ranges, and then by varying date ranges, e.g. Jan 1901-Mar 1903 for Aa-Bx but Jan 1901-Sep 1902 for Caa-Cz. Correspondence for a particular time period is therefore also not sequential. A single year or date range is distributed over several different boxes, depending on the name of the correspondent. Date ranges are not exact, i.e. files may contain earlier correspondence than indicated if it is part of an ongoing issue. The letter ranges are guides only and do not necessarily reflect the exact contents of a file, e.g. Com-Cz may contain correspondents ranging from Cotton to Cutter only.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0057
  • Series
  • 1912-1922

The series consists of correspondence inward to the Superintendent of Police between 1912 and 1922. The records are numbered subject files which are arranged in numerical order. The series includes "aliens and enemies" files; "Form A" files in boxes 14 - 20 contain the names of enemy aliens who were required to register and report to the Provincial Police, but remained "on parole" within the community. They also include the names of enemy aliens who were already imprisoned in local jails. Other correspondence deals with issues such as bigamy, seduction, illegal sale of liquor, prostitution, burglary, sudden or mysterious deaths, gambling, arson, and escaped prisoners. During this period, the police also conducted searches for individuals reported missing by overseas family members. Such letters were usually written when an emigrant family member had fallen out of contact with his or her relatives in their home country, and are not indicative of foul play.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence inward

  • GR-0058
  • Series
  • 1923-1929

The series consists of correspondence inward to Superintendent of Police between 1923 and 1929. The records are in numbered subject files which are arranged in numerical order. The subject files have the same numbers as those in the previous correspondence series, GR-0057.

British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

Detective Office day book

  • GR-3979
  • Series
  • 1914-1918, 1933-1934

This series consists of one bound day book from the Provincial Police Detective Office. The book contains daily entries by several detectives describing what they did each day, including places they traveled to, cases worked on, people interviewed and suspects apprehended. The located in Vancouver, but detective covered cases across the province, including Kamloops and Vancouver Island.

The first half of the book is written by one unnamed detective and covers the days 1 April 1914 – 10 May 1918. The second half of the book is labelled as “Vancouver District Headquarters C.I.B. Memos : C. Ledoux – M.J. Phillips” and covers the days 1 January 1933 to 31 December 1934. A variety of crimes are included, such as theft, murder and fraud. CIB likely reference to the Criminal Investigation Branch.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Provincial Police daily diary

  • GR-1657
  • Series
  • 1913-1924

This series contains a daily diary from the Mission Provincial Police Force covering the period May 6, 1913 to Jan. 3, 1924.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Mission)

Registrar's record books

  • GR-2829
  • Series
  • 1906-1921

Registrar's record books for civil and criminal proceedings in both County and Supreme courts. Volume 1 is indexed, lists 15 constables active in 1911 for South East Kootenay Police District, gives a newspaper clipping describing the naturalization procedure and contains the following oaths: the King's Oath or Chicken Oath (used by Chinese), the Oath of Interpreter, Affirmation, Oath of Foreman in Civil Jury trials, Oath of Jurors, Oath of Stenographer, Japanese Oath, and the witnesses' oath in French and English. Volume 2 lists 14 constables active in 1916 in the South East Kootenay Police District and the oaths.

British Columbia. County Court (Cranbrook)

Vancouver City Police Force Inquiry

  • GR-0735
  • Series
  • 1955-1956

The series consists of records of the Vancouver City Police Force Inquiry. Records include the Commission Secretary's minutes and list of exhibits (1955-1956); a letter to the Attorney-General's office (1955); an unsigned memorandum; the interim report (1955) and the final report (1956) by Commissioner Reginald Hibbert Tupper; and 35 volumes of evidence in transcript form and transcripts of proceedings (1955-1956). Volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the transcripts of evidence were never received by the BC Archives.

British Columbia. Vancouver City Police Force Inquiry

Charge book, census of householders and daily report book

  • GR-0428
  • Series
  • 1862-1866

This series includes records of the Colony of Vancouver Island Police. Volume one is a charge book, 1862-1866; this volume also includes complaints of the Victoria Police Office, July - September 1866, and a census of householders in Victoria by street, 1871. Volume 2 is a daily report book, April 26, 1863-Dec. 23, 1864.

Vancouver Island. Police and Prisons Dept.

John Munro fonds

  • PR-2370
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1947

The fonds consists of personal and professional records of John Munro and document parts of his career with the British Columbia Provincial Police and his time as a jail warden. The records are comprised of 22 b&w family photographs (1909-1947), one patrol journal (1906-1907), and one scrapbook (1903-1917).

Munro was appointed to the British Columbia Provincial Police in 1902 in Vancouver, and was appointed Warden of the Nanaimo Gaol in 1910 and of the Saanich Prison Farm in 1914. He served as Constable at Colquitz in 1918. The patrol journal was kept while he travelled into the Cassiar District in search of Simon Gun-a-noot, who had been accused of murdering two white men. The journal was created partly as he carried out his professional duties, and partly for his own interest.

The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and ephemera of famous cases or prisoners in his charge.

The 22 family photographs primarily show Munro and his wife and children on the grounds of the Saanich Prison Farm (now Wilkinson Road Jail). The photographs have been assigned the following numbers: J-00107; J-00108; J-00109; J-00110; J-00111; J-00112; J-00113; J-00114; J-00115; J-00116; J-00117; J-00118; J-00119; J-01028; J-01029; J-01030; J-01031; J-01032; J-01033; J-01034; J-01035; and J-01036.

Munro, John

Provincial Police correspondence

  • GR-0105
  • Series
  • 1918-1923

The series consists of Provincial Police Inspector's files created between ca. 1918 and 1923. The files are numbered from 50 to 106 and are subject files containing letters addressed to the Superintendent, Inspector and Chief Constable. The correspondence relates to the Victoria Police District.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force. Inspector

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