Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Joiner, Jock, 1914 - , Interviewee, Male, Policeman;
Speaker: Matterson, F., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls joining the police force in Leicester in 1935. Describes the ' beat box' system, methods of signaling, discipline and pay in the police force. Talks about the poverty in Leicester. Describes policing during the Second World War, shortage of policemen, Civil Defence, crime in the blackout , prostitution, bombing and American servicemen. Talks about the traffic in Leicester, walking the beat and training for the CID (Criminal Investigation Department). Also talks about forensic science and vagrants.
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Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 20/11/1984
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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