The British Policeman (1959)
The British Policeman (1959) - Public Information Film produced for the Colonial Office
The good ol' days!
This portrait of a British Policeman was commissioned by the Colonial Office to promote Britain's Police Service to the colonies and Commonwealth states.
Released in 1959, this film upholds one of the Central Office of Information's (COI) founding principles and the reason for its commitment to producing Public Information Films. In December 1945 the incumbent Prime Minister Clement Attlee stated it was important "a true and adequate picture of British institutions and the British way of life should be presented overseas" through such films.
Following a 'typical' day in the life of Police Constable Jack Edwards, the film shows his 'typical' duties over an eight-hour shift. The film portrayal of PC Edwards as a guardian of law and order in 1950s Britain, understandably looks dated, when compared to today's modern Police Service.
This film made available courtesy the UK National Archives.