Yesterday marked 100 years since the creation of Dudley Borough Police. The last borough force to be created in the West Midlands, Dudley finally broke away from Worcestershire Constabulary on April 1920 with a force of 56 men.
Research to commemorate the centenary has identified that Dudley Police lost two officers who were released to join the Armed Forces during World War II and did not come home. PC Walter Wilde and PC Raymound Coulson, both 27, were killed in 1943 and 1944 respectively. We are seeking pictures of both of these men so they can be added to our digital West Midlands Police WWI and WWII memorial.
We also celebrate the first two female officers from Dudley Borough Police who were recruited in 1947: PW Doreen Carter (left) and PW Agnes Ross (right).
We have been working on a booklet to commemorate the centenary of Dudley Borough Police which will be published and available for sale when the Lock-up re-opens. All money raised will go towards relocating the West Midlands Police Museum to the Lock-up. If anyone has any pictures, memories or information they would like to share about Dudley Borough Police - please e-mail Museum@West-Midlands.pnn.police.uk
With thanks to Dudley NARPO for information and pictures shared so far