War Reserve Constables

Oral Answers to Questions — Police Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3rd February 1949.

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Photo of Mr Edward Fleming Mr Edward Fleming , Manchester, Withington 12:00 am, 3rd February 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many War Reserve constables have been demobilised during the year ended 31st December, 1948.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

During the course of the year, the more highly qualified war reserves were absorbed in the forces as regular policemen and by the end of the year only 686 had to be discharged when the War Reserve was disbanded.

Photo of Mr Edward Fleming Mr Edward Fleming , Manchester, Withington

In view of the present prevalence of crime and the lack of regular police officers would it not have been possible to persuade the remainder of these War Reserve constables to remain on duty or to ask them now to re-enrol?

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

All those who are suitable for continuation in the Force and desired to remain have been retained.