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#WeAre50

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.

#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 …

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 …

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 …