Police officers in gas masks receive anti-gas instruction at Lancaster Castle, used as an anti-gas training school by the Lancashire Constabulary in December 1936.

Helping the Lancashire bobbies earn their stripes

Police training has changed over the years as this fascinating set of photographs in the 1930s reveals.

Friday, 15th November 2019, 1:52 pm

During the 1930s Lancashire Constabulary was the second largest force in the country after the Metropolitan Police.

With a patch encompassing modern day Greater Manchester and Merseyside as well as the current boundaries, Lancashire was the largest county force in the country with a manpower to match. To ensure officers were up to standard the force established a new training school at Stanley Grange, Hoghton, near Preston, in the 1930s.

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