Series GR-0094 - Provincial Police records related to the Pool-rooms Act

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Provincial Police records related to the Pool-rooms Act

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GR-0094

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  • 1913-1921 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Provincial Police Force

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38.5 cm of textual records

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(1871-1950)

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The British Columbia Provincial Police Force was established in 1871 under its first name, the British Columbia Constabulary. Prior to that, 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. The constables were under the direction of the government agent of the district who reported to the Superintendent. The mandate of the British Columbia Constabulary was to maintain peace and order and to enforce the laws of the province under the authority of An Act respecting Police Constables (Statutes of British Columbia, 48 Vict., c. 22, revised 51 Vict., c. 96). In 1895, under the new Provincial Police Act (Statutes of British Columbia, 1895, 58 Vict., c. 45) the name was changed to the British Columbia Provincial Police Force. The duties of the force included patrolling the land, waterways, and coastline, enforcing laws, maintaining peace, policing strikes, controlling smuggling, and generally enforcing provincial statutes. Special constables were also deployed as required. In 1946, the force policed all rural areas and unincorporated settlements as well as forty municipalities throughout the province. 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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Custodial history unknown. Records accessioned in 1976.

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The series consists of records created by the British Columbia Provincial Police between 1913 and 1921 relating to the enforcement of the Act to amend the Pool-rooms Act, 1913. Records include correspondence re applications for licenses and "Report on application", 1913-1927; counterfoils and licenses numbered 651-950, 1918-1921.

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These records are restricted. Please contact the BC Archives for information about access.

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See GR-0109 for related records.

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Accession number(s): 76-G-024

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  • Box: 880340-0884
  • Box: 880340-0885
  • Box: 880340-0886
  • Box: 880340-0887