About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
The training and principles of police officers, their duties whilst on the beat, and their role within the community.
The training and duties of a British policeman
'The courtesy and kindness of the British policeman are well known. Policemen are carefully selected and trained. They are unarmed and the citizens look with confidence to them for help in everyday matters as well as emergencies. The work of an ordinary constable is varied, and includes finding lost children, and traffic directions. Dealing with crime is only an occasional part of his duties.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)
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