Good evening all its Ash here, I thought tonight's post would be different from the normal war blogs to something a bit different and unusual.
Tonight we're going to cover the topic on Police Officer's. Tonight question did you know that police officer's were issued cutlasses? Your normal police officer of this era were issued the following - a wooden truncheon, a pair of handcuffs, a whistle or rattle, a bulls eye lamp, cape there custodian helmet.
From the image above these are the men from Bristol police force performing cutlers drill in 1877. Although these weapons were never issued as standard equipment a supply was kept in most police armories for possible use during major disruptions.
The police constable is to be given to understand distinctly that the sword is put into his hand merley as a defensive weapon in case his life should be in danger. And that he shall not use or even draw it if any less weighy cause: he will be called to strike action and will most probably be dismissed. From (Metropolitan Police Order 1832)
What a fantastic image there are not many images around of sword drill training but this one stands out the most. Just look how the police officers present themselves very well dressed high standard of presentation they're thrown the scabbards down from the source to the ground but just look at their facial features. Some with big bushy beards some with a small moustache or cleanly shaven. You're very different ranks and departments within the force as summer dressed in smart clothing and also a gentleman at the very back sat on a horse. Let's see what else you can find in the image leave your comments below.