Law Enforcement in Canterbury

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The first settler in Canterbury to be appointed a policeman was William Pithers in 1826, who was a constable in the Botany Bay area.[1] From the 1850s Canterbury had a single constable, but additional police were dispatched from Sydney when the need arose. A second officer, Constable Emmett was appointed at Croydon Park NSW in 1889.[2]

Under the Police Regulation Act (1862) the the New South Wales Police Force was formally established in with the unification of all existing independent police units.[3]

The first police headquarters in Canterbury were located in the constables's house in Church Street and later Beamish Street and a station was constructed at 150-152 Canterbury Road in 1910. The later brick station in Campsie Road was built in 1929.

Further police stations appeared after this:

In 1973, the divisions were re-organised with Campsie, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Earlwood becoming part of the no. 31 division. It is part of the South West Metro Region[4]

References

  1. LARCOMBE, Frederick A. Change and challenge: a history of the municipality of Canterbury. [Canterbury, NSW]: Canterbury Municipal Council, 1979. p. 254
  2. LARCOMBE, Frederick A. Change and challenge: a history of the municipality of Canterbury. [Canterbury, NSW]: Canterbury Municipal Council, 1979. p. 254
  3. Archives in Brief 20 - Police service records. State Records NSW
  4. http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/about_us/structure/operations_command/local_area_commands/south_west_metro_region/campsie