Halifax (N.S.). Police Department registers

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Halifax (N.S.). Police Department registers

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  • 1856, 1871, 1893-1903, 1905-1931, 1934-1947, 1970-1976, 1987-1989 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records (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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Series consists of miscellaneous registers of the City of Halifax Police Department, as follows: R.1 and R.2 - Commitment Books, detailing fines paid to police for minor offenses; books list date, name, offense, fine, where the prisoner was committed and for how long, and date of release (1856, 1905-1925) R.3 - Liquor License Act Report Book, listing suspected infringements and investigations (1893-19030). Also includes a Police Staff Register, 1892-1914, an alphabetical listing of police officers noting name, date they joined the force and notes on their career R.4 - Names of Persons Entitled to Sell Liquor Licenses book, organised by ward and section; lists name, occupation, address (1905) R.5 - Bicycle permit book, listing permit number, trade name and serial number of bicycle, owner's name and address, issuing officer, date, and fee paid (1927) R.6 - Hoboes Book, listing name, address (i.e. town/city or country), birthplace, height, age, marks, complexion, religion (1934-1937) R.7 - Warrant Book, listing date of issuance of warrant, name of suspect, charge, and where applicable date of arrest and name of arresting officer (1934-1947) R.8 - Record of Exhibits [sent by Detective Division for identification] (1935-1940) R.9 - RCMP Prisoner Report Books, detailing prisoners left in the custody of the Halifax Police Department and the charges against them (1970-1976 and 1989) R.10 - Bedford Prisoner Report Book, detailing prisoners left in the custody of the Halifax Police Department and the charges against them (1987-1989) R.11 - List of periodicals and newspapers subscribed to by undersigned police officers "for our amusement during leisure hours" (1870) *R.12 - Decorative Halifax Police Department album listing members of the City of Halifax Police Committee, Police Executive, Police Staff, with title and Police Officers in Platoons 1, 2 and 3 (1937). Attached to the album is a Provincial Exhibition ticket indicating Arthur F. McIsaac (police officer) received first prize for it in the Decorative Address or Record class.

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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; R.11 was transferred in 2010; R.12 transferred in 2011 (formerly part of Civic Collection, HAL30120076 and HAL30120077).


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Sample pages from the "Hoboes Book" (102-16R.6) have been digitized. Please contact the archives for high-resolution copies.

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Some registers may contain personal information. Access is restricted for 100 years after the record was created, or 20 years after the death of the identified individual. Contact an archivist for details.

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Reproduction and use permitted. Please cite the Halifax Municipal Archives (HMA) plus the retrieval code.

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1856 Commitment Book removed from damaged bound volume with "COMMITMENT BOOK" label. Prisoner Report Books removed from binding.

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