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West Midlands Police is celebrating it’s 50th Year Anniversary in 2024 and we want you to be part of it. 

Keep up to date with all the latest heritage blogs, photos, and events below.

Diary of a Heritage Manager – The evolution of Operations

From Cappers Commandos to specialist, highly trained units This year I’ve been fascinated to learn about the history of the various different teams that make up the West Midlands Police Operations Department. This department is currently headed by Chief Superintendent Sarah Burton and includes teams such as Firearms, Operational Support Unit (OSU), Drones, Planning, Roads …

Diary of a Heritage Manager – From Tally Ho to Steelhouse Lane

For this blog, I thought I’d take a look back at how the museum itself has evolved over the past 50 years and how we are continuing to mark our special anniversary. The West Midlands Police Museum originated in 1964 as the Birmingham City Police Museum at our Tally Ho! training facility, so is actually …

Diary of a Heritage Manager – Happy Birthday West Midlands Police!

This month marked the exact anniversary of West Midlands Police turning 50. So rather than choose a specific theme to highlight, we’ve taken a look back at the early days of the force and some of the key events that marked its development. As the clock turned midnight into 1April 1974, police officers across the …

Diary of a Heritage Manager – Diversity part two

Earlier this week, I began talking about the very broad topic of diversity. Here’s part two, as diversity understandably has several very unique strands that all warrant a mention in their own right. Sexuality In the early 1970s it was something that wasn’t spoken about at all. Gay and lesbian officers went to great lengths …

International Women’s Day

On Friday 8th March we joined in the world wide celebrations of International Women’s Day – and what a day! We opened our doors to the public for free, to allow everyone to join in the celebrations and meet the sheroes of West Midlands Police, and hundreds of visitors came to see us! We were …

Unlocked Stories: Memories of Policing as a Woman in the Sixties

Prior to joining the police force, Joyce Taylor (née Cooke) worked in a local post office straight out of school. She joined Walsall Borough Police in the 1960’s. She had always wanted to be a police officer and really liked the distinctive police uniform. On joining she went to Ryton on Dunsmore for 13 weeks …

#WeAre50 | Whistle saves Birmingham officer’s life

Lying stricken on the ground, drifting in and out of consciousness and with a nine inch knife embedded in his back, PC Gordon Law knew he had one last chance – he reached for his whistle in his uniform pocket and desperately blew for help. That would be the last time an officer in Birmingham …

#WeAre50 | Technology: Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology is no mystery to us in the 21st century – our phones know our faces, airport security is automated by scanning our likeness, and a spy movie isn’t complete without someone holding their eye up to a scanner to gain access somewhere top secret. It seems almost far-fetched to think of a …

#WeAre50 | Policing the digital age – Celebrating technological advancements

We are two months into our 50th anniversary of West Midlands Police. Throughout February, we will be discussing how technology has changed over 50 years and how it has impacted the way we police today. From whistles and police boxes, to contact centres and mobility devices, the world of policing and crime looks very different …

Dive into the rich history of Wolverhampton Police

Former officers joined some of our newest recruits for the launch of a book charting the history of Wolverhampton’s police force. Retired officers with service stretching back to the 1960s were alongside newly inducted officers for the event at Wolverhampton Police Station last week. Among those attending were a former Wolverhampton Chief Superintendent, a retired …

Diary of a Heritage Manager – #WeAre50 Blog 1: The force of a thousand macs

At the museum we celebrate the past 200 years of policing, often focusing on older heritage, rather than more recent history. This year we are using the 50th Anniversary of West Midlands Police as a chance to shine a spotlight on the past 50 years. I recently met with a small group of retired and …

#WeAre50 | Policing the Parks in Birmingham

Guest Blog: Lindsey Ballinger During the 19th and very early 20th century, the parks in Birmingham were patrolled by the Birmingham City Police.  The parks were not always a safe place for families and in the 1880’s and 1890’s “several cases of indecent and immoral conduct” were reported, with a number of sexual assaults on …

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