Series GR-0061 - Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence outward

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Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence outward

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  • 1864-1887; 1891-1918 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Superintendent of Police

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2.2 m 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 Superintendent acted as the Provincial Game Warden from 1918 to 1929 and was also the Inspector of gaols.

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 December 1, 1975. Volume 1 accessioned in 1988.

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The series consists of letter books created by the Superintendent of Provincial Police from 1864 to 1887 and 1891 to 1918. The letter books contain copies of official correspondence outward. Volumes 2-77 contain indexes.

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Volume 1 was never microfilmed.
It is located in container 913432-0159.

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Volumes 2-37 were microfilmed in 1982. See reels B02568 to B02610.

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Conservation Restriction: use microfilm.

There are no access restrictions on volume 1 and microfilm reels B02568 to B02582.
The rest of the records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Series of Superintendent of Provincial Police correspondence outward include:
See GR-0061 for years 1864-1887; 1891-1918
See GR-0064 for years 1898-1918
See GR-0067 for years 1912-1917

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Accession number(s): 75-G-072, G88-083

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