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Account books

  • GR-0823
  • Series
  • 1858-1873

This series consists of three volumes of record books from the Colony of Vancouver Island Police and Prisons Department, and later and Colony of British Columbia Police, 1858-1873. Records include an account book, 1858-1863 (contains also some fire department accounts); requisition book, 1859-1861; record of constable's clothing and advance warrants, police and gaol, 1866-1873.

Vancouver Island. Police and Prisons Dept.

Administrative record books

  • GR-2118
  • Series
  • 1890-1912

Administrative record books kept by the Official Administrator, Mr. McAloney (to 1908) and Frederick L. Leighton (after 1908). Volume 1 begins as a Nanaimo City Police record book and has the pages prior to July 1908 glued together at the top.

British Columbia. Official Administrator (Nanaimo)

Ashcroft lock-up record books

  • GR-0035
  • Series
  • 1901-1910

The series consists of three record books from Ashcroft police lock-up, 1901-1910.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Magistrate's record books

  • GR-0034
  • Series
  • 1949-1963

The series consists of Magistrate's record books for Ashcroft and including Spences Bridge cases, from 1949 to 1963. The magistrate noted lists and statistics in the back of the volumes.

British Columbia. Police Court (Ashcroft)

Ashcroft Police Court record books

  • GR-0033
  • Series
  • 1911-1961

The series consists of record books created by the Ashcroft Police Court from 1911 to 1922 and 1948 to 1961.

British Columbia. Police Court (Ashcroft)

Barkerville Police charge book

  • GR-0822
  • Series
  • 1866-1896

This series consists of a Barkerville Provincial Police charge book, 1866-1896.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Barkerville)

Bella Coola Police Court record books

  • GR-3105
  • Series
  • 1946-1968

Record books showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant (some juvenile), nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting officer, name of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (Bella Coola)

British Columbia Provincial Police correspondence

  • GR-1576
  • Series
  • 1890-1911

This series contains correspondence inward and outward of the Provincial Police Force Headquarters in Victoria, principally received or signed by Sergeants J.M. Langley and F.R. Murray but including letters received or signed by the Superintendent and by various constables. The letters deal with matters concerning both Vancouver Island and the coast, and the province generally. They also include the Superintendents' report of his inspection of goals, lock-ups, and police posts, 31 December 1903.

There is also a letterpress book of correspondence from the Superintendent of Provincial Police J.S. Hussey, Sgt. John M. Langley, Provincial Constables Frank C. Ireland, John McKenna, Frank Murray, Arthur Carter, D.G. Cox and Daniel Campbell.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Victoria District)

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

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.

Charge book, signed by Constable J.R. Flynn

  • GR-0849
  • Series
  • 1860-1898

This series consists of records of the Lillooet Provincial Police Force. Records include a charge book, signed by J.R. Flynn, constable (5 p.); alphabetical lists of certificates of work, with fees paid, 1896-1898 (0.5 cm); and spirit licences, 1862 (1 p.)

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Lillooet)

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]

Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners

  • GR-0784
  • Series
  • 1910

This series consists of records of the Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners, 1910. Commissioner Peter S. Lampman was appointed March 24, 1910 to inquire into the actions of the Victoria Police commissioners in response to allegations of corruption. The investigation centered on the actions of the Police Commissioners in regard to bawdy houses and gambling establishments in the Chinatown area.

British Columbia. Commission on Victoria Police Commissioners (1910)

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1388
  • Series
  • 1941-1947

This series contains Yale district Provincial Police files dating from 1941 to 1947. The records consist of subject files containing reports and correspondence inward and outward of district headquarters at Ashcroft with Bralorne, Bridge River, Lillooet, Spences Bridge, Clinton, Lytton and Ashcroft detachments, C division headquarters at Kamloops, and others.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Yale District)

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-2573
  • Series
  • ca. 1913-1931

Boundary District Provincial Police files, consisting of correspondence, reports, jail calendars, vouchers, etc., from Coalmont, Fairview, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Hedley, Keremeos, Midway, Oliver, Penticton, Phoenix and Princeton, and correspondence with other police districts and with Victoria Headquarters.

These records were copied from originals loaned by the Penticton Museum in 1981. The originals had been transferred to the Penticton Museum and Archives by the Penticton area RCMP detachment. In 2006, the records were transferred to the BC Archives (accession 95-5924).

The numbered files that were microfilmed (40-1113 to 40-3500) appear to be consistent with the transferred originals. However, there are additional records on the microfilm (see the “Correspondence” and “Miscellaneous” sections in the Finding Aid).

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Boundary District)

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

Cranbrook Police daily journal

  • GR-2071
  • Series
  • 1899-1904

Daily journal from 1899-1904 of an unidentified policeman stationed in Cranbrook, including information on arrests made. According to Public Accounts, Constable F.R. Morris was stationed at Cranbrook during this time period. The inside cover of the book (not microfilmed) states "property of Mrs. Doris Evans, Cranbrook BC"

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force (Cranbrook)

Crime reports

  • GR-3598
  • Series
  • 1932-1944

The series consists of a letterbook containing crime reports produced or collected by Sergeant John William Hooker during the course of his duties as a British Columbia Provincial Police (BCPP) officer while posted to Coquitlam, Grand Forks, Nelson, Smithers, Prince George, Clinton, Ashcroft, Spence’s Bridge, Merritt, and Kamloops between 1932 and 1944. The records cover a variety of crimes and social issues—particularly in small, rural communities. In addition to generic social issues, the records from Grand Forks (file 3) relate primarily to Doukhobors, and include reports on the settlement of Gilpin.

The majority of the reports were produced by Hooker. Some supplemental records (copies), such as an inquest, inward correspondence in relation to particular cases, and a reason for judgement are interfiled with the crime reports.

The records are arranged chronologically and by detachment location. The records do not capture all crime reports filed in a particular district, but were likely selected by Hooker. Some of these files have been labeled in pencil “Personal file.” The records consist primarily of crime reports on standard BCPP letterhead. Each report contains the district, detachment, and the date, as well as an overview of the case and persons involved.

Some of these records may also be available in GR-1388: Correspondence and other material created by the British Columbia Provincial Police Force of the Yale district. John William Hooker's personnel card, which provides details of the service of constables, including marital status, date of first appointment, station, and various postings, can be found in GR-0091, vol. 30-31.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

Daily diary and record book

  • GR-2121
  • Series
  • 1934-1944

Provincial Police daily diary (1934-1935) and Provincial Police Court record book from Coquitlam (1938-1944) showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of the charge, costs, name of gaol or lockup, order or convictions, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (Coquitlam)

Daily Provincial Police reports

  • GR-0445
  • Series
  • 1913-1921

This series consists of four page report forms completed each month by BC Provincial Police Force constables at police stations throughout the province. The form provides a space for describing each day's activities and also lists personal and extra equipment issued to the constable. The completed reports were submitted to the Chief constable of the Police District, and forwarded by him to the office of the Superintendent.

The series also includes two volumes of log books recording the receipt of the reports from constables across the province. The books are likely from the office of the Police Superintendent. One volume is dated 1913-1920 and includes a list of correspondence received by R.E. Hose, secretary of the Game Board, Vancouver. The other volume includes monthly reports from October 1904 to February 1908. The actual reports for these earlier years are not included in this series.

British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

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

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)

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

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

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

Ladysmith Police Court record books

  • GR-3102
  • Series
  • 1927-1950

Record books showing name of prosecutor, name of defendant, nature of the charge, costs, name of arresting officer, name of gaol or lockup, order or conviction, amount of fine, name of presiding magistrate or justice and "remarks".

British Columbia. Police Court (Ladysmith)

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

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