Series GR-0103 - Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence

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GR-0103

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  • 1911-1912 (Creation)
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    British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

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13 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

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. The constables were under the direction of the government agent of the district who reported to the Superintendent.

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Custodial history unknown. Accessioned by the BC Archives in 1975.

Scope and content

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.

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The records are water damaged, some pages are fragile and disintegrating.

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See related series: GR-0056; GR-0057; GR-0099 and GR-0104.

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Accession number(s): 75-G-033

Conservation

Preservation work undertaken September 2017. Mold removed and documents cleaned. Rusted pins and clips replaced with stainless steel clips. Disintegrating pages placed inside mylar sleeves.

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  • Box: 880340-0911