Document referenceDCONMT
Level of description Fonds
TitleMerthyr Tydfil Borough Police, Records
Creator(s)Merthyr Tydfil Borough Police
BackgroundFollowing the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, borough police forces were set up in Cardiff, Neath and Swansea, Glamorgan. However, it was only in 1908, when Merthyr Tydfil became a County Borough, that a borough police force was established there. Previously, Merthyr Tydfil was part of Division A of the Glamorgan Constabulary. The new borough force was provided with three main stations, at Merthyr Tydfil, Dowlais and Merthyr Vale, and 85 police officers were appointed. Like other borough police forces, the Merthyr Tydfil force, was administered separately by the Borough Council's Watch Committee until its amalgamation into the South Wales Police Authority in 1969.
DescriptionRecords of the Merthyr Tydfil borough police, 1908-1971: reports of the Chief Constable to the watch committee, 1908-1942; annual reports of the Chief Constable to the watch committee, 1946-1968; annual reports of the Chief Constable to the licensing committee, 1949, 1952-1968; register of crimes, 1951-1969; papers relating to crimes investigated by Merthyr Tydfil borough police force, 1942-1967; calendar of prisoners at the Quarter Sessions held at Merthyr Tydfil, 1961, 1962; records relating to police stations, 1957-1971; sickness register, 1952-1969; miscellaneous, 1903-1968; personnel files, [1920s]-1969; visits to prisoners in the cells, 1946-1951; and prisoner property book, 1949-1950.
ArrangementArranged into the following: minutes and reports; records relating to crimes; records relating to Explosives Act, 1875; records relating to Pedlars Acts, 1871 and 1881; licensing records; records relating to police stations; personnel records; miscellaneous records; and personnel files.
Extent32 volumes, 46 booklets, 69 files, 1 envelope, 1 bundle, 4 boxes and 1 card
AppraisalAll records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Archives have been retained.
Source of AcquisitionDeposited by the South Wales Police Authority at various intervals.
Finding AidsA handlist is available at the Glamorgan Record Office.
Related materialRelated units of description held at the Glamorgan Archives: DCON, Glamorgan Constabulary; DCONC, Cardiff Borough Police; DCONS, Swansea Borough Police Force; DCONN, Neath Borough Police Force; and DCONP Glamorgan Constabulary Plans.
Conditions of accessAccess to some police records is restricted as many of them contain sensitive information about individuals. It is advisable to contact the Record Office in advance of a visit, to ensure that the records can be made available for consultation in our public searchroom.
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