Uniformed officers and a detective of Manchester City Police taken outside their police station in Newton Heath, circa 1880. Detectives of the day liked to dress well and this officer is no exception, looking rather splendid alongside his, somewhat crumpled, uniformed counterparts.    From the collection of www.gmpmuseum.com

Uniformed officers and a detective of Manchester City Police taken outside their police station in Newton Heath, circa 1880. Detectives of the day liked to dress well and this officer is no exception, looking rather splendid alongside his, somewhat crumpled, uniformed counterparts. From the collection of www.gmpmuseum.com

A fascinating collection of Georgian and Victorian police tipstaves and painted wooden truncheons

A fascinating collection of Georgian and Victorian police tipstaves and painted wooden truncheons

Australia or jail - which was worse? British criminals convicted at the Old Bailey in the 18th and 19th Centuries were either jailed, transported to Australia or hanged.

Australia or jail - which was worse?

Australia or jail - which was worse? British criminals convicted at the Old Bailey in the 18th and 19th Centuries were either jailed, transported to Australia or hanged.

‘Police work in the East End’ - The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, December 28, 1895 - Issue 1361.

‘Police work in the East End’ - The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, December 28, 1895 - Issue 1361.

Life of crime: John Reed, 15, was given two weeks hard labour and five years reformation for stealing money in 1873. Jane Farrell, 12, stole two boots and was sentenced to 10 hard days labor

Fagin's children: Mugshots of Victorian thieves as young as 11 who were sentenced to hard labour for stealing clothes and metal

Life of crime: John Reed, 15, was given two weeks hard labour and five years reformation for stealing money in 1873. Jane Farrell, 12, stole two boots and was sentenced to 10 hard days labor

Capital Punishments: Crime and Prison Conditions in Victorian Times by Steve Jones,

Capital Punishments: Crime and Prison Conditions in Victorian Times by Steve Jones,

Strangeways Prison in the early 1900s showing its Victorian Panopticon design.

Strangeways Prison in the early 1900s showing its Victorian Panopticon design.

Officers from the Bristol City Police practising their cutlass drill in the mid 1870's.

Officers from the Bristol City Police practising their cutlass drill in the mid 1870's.

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