Series GR-0103 - Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence

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

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13 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 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. Accessioned by the BC Archives in 1975.

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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


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