Fonds MsC-131 - British Columbia Provincial Police Veterans’ Association fonds

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British Columbia Provincial Police Veterans’ Association fonds

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  • [ca. 1900] - 2012 (Creation)
    British Columbia Provincial Police Veterans’ Association
    British Columbia

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9.2 cm textual records and other material
168 photographs : b&w
80 photographs : col.
7 postcards
4 scrapbooks
4 CD-Rs
3 posters
2 banners
2 plaques
2 decals
2 videocassettes
1 audio cassette
1 ribbon
1 string
1 seal press
1 commemorative gavel

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Administrative history

Policing in British Columbia was first the responsibility of the Chief Inspector of Police (1858-1863), followed by the Superintendent of Police (1863-1871). The Colony of Vancouver Island was policed separately by the Commissioner of Police (1858-1866). Upon the amalgamation of the colonies into the province of British Columbia in 1871, the British Columbia Constabulary was created, and it was renamed the British Columbia Provincial Police force (BCPP) in 1895. The British Columbia Provincial Police’s administration is generally dated from 1858-1950. In 1950 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were given the responsibility of policing BC, and many BCPP members were absorbed into the RCMP.

Some former members of the BC Provincial Police force met at a reunion dinner in 1964, and successive reunion dinners led to the formation of the British Columbia Provincial Police Veterans' Association in 1966. The Association continued to hold regular reunion dinners, in the 1980s published "Off-Patrol,” a newsletter directed at former BC Provincial Police members, and collects photographs and other memorabilia from former BCPP officers. The Association has also been responsible for remembering and celebrating BCPP officers through plaques, memorials, publications, and exhibits.

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The records were maintained by BC Provincial Police Veterans’ Association President Eric Hallam until the time of their donation to SFU.

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The fonds reflects the role of the BC Provincial Police Veterans’ Association in maintaining the relationships and memories of the men who served on the police force. Records include written reminiscences, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the men in service, as well as documentation and photographs of the activities of the Veterans’ Association and the lives of members. The fonds has been arranged in three series: 1: Administrative records and photographs ([ca. 1900]-2012); 2: British Columbia Provincial Police photographs and other records ([ca. 1939]-2008); and 3: Records relating to individual British Columbia Provincial Police officers (1935-2009).

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Scrapbooks have been unbound and pages numbered and, where possible, photographs have been removed from albums. Photographs have been numbered consecutively through the fonds in the format “131.001;” the numbers contained in each file are noted in the File and item level descriptions and Box list.

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      Reproduction of material subject to approval by the Head Librarian, Special Collections.

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      SFU Library Special Collections and Rare Books holds bound copies of the magazine The Shoulder Strap (1938-1954), as well as numerous books relating to the BCPP, including 92 Years of Pride, 1858-1950: The Story of the British Columbia Provincial Police, by P. Hereward Brown, Tales of the British Columbia Provincial Police, by Cecil Clark, Policing a Pioneer Province: the BC Provincial Police, 1858-1950, by Lynne Stonier-Newman, and Off Patrol: Memories of B.C. Provincial Policemen.

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      Further accruals are expected.

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      Created 2012, Jennifer Zerkee

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      • English

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