Halifax (N.S.). Police Department records

Halifax (N.S.). Police Department registers Bedford South [aerial photograph] BiHi construction [aerial photograph] [Africville - lots beside church] [Africville - upper part of community] [Africville - from tracks, showing police officer] [Africville - from the back showing power lines, tracks, Bedford Basin, homes] [Africville - showing Seaview Baptist Church and muddy Campbell Road] [Africville - showing Seaview Baptist Church and muddy Campbell Road and power lines] [Africville - trucks unloading at dump]
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Halifax (N.S.). Police Department records

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  • 1851, 1856, 1871-1998 (Creation)
    Halifax (N.S.). Police Department

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11.6 m of textual records
ca. 800 photographs: b&w; col.

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(1841 - 1996)

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Policing in Halifax began in 1749 with a Day Watch of peace officers. A Night Watch was formed in 1799 in response to a series of break-and-enters. When Halifax incorporated as a city in 1841, a Police Department of nine men was set up under a City Marshall, with the Night Watch remaining separate. In 1864 they combined under the City Marshall, later the Chief of Police. The Department continued to exist until 1996, when it was merged with the Dartmouth and Bedford police departments to form the Halifax Regional Police.

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Series consists of the records of the City of Halifax Police Department. See sub-series descriptions for more information.

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Some of these records were transferred from NSARM in 2004 and the remainder were transferred from the Halifax Regional Police in 2006.


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In registers, many acronyms are used such as: F.I.O. - Field Intelligence Officer

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