I have posted about the meetings of the Dorset Standing Joint Committees as reported in the local Newspapers before, 1930-35 here. The reports of the committee meetings enables us to get a insight into the Dorset police force, as they are responsibilities for the police budgets. Using newspaper reports gives us an impression but can be incorrect or give the view of the reporter and therefore need to be read with care.
I have chosen items that help to build a picture of the life of the policemen in Bridport Division between 1925 and 1929. I think Grandad Beck would have been typical of his generation and agree that Dorset did not require policewomen but welcomed an extra police constable and better equipment for his men. He would have “run a very tight ship” and any officer found socialising in the local pubs would have had, at the very least, a stiff talking too.