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May 4, 2018

I often wonder if we will ever uncover details of all of the police officers and night watchmen from the current West Midlands area that never made it home from duty. After spending hours trawling through old ledgers at the museum and Saturday nights spent browsing the...

July 5, 2017

Gerard Jacob Van Helden was born in the Netherlands in 1848. He joined the Birmingham Borough Police (as it was then) in 1871. He had a very successful career, being promoted to sergeant by 1872 and inspector by 1881.

He spent much of his career in the CID and was chief...

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