Best websites

This guide was last updated in 2009

If you're investigating your ancestors who worked in the police force, there are plenty of resources online to help you do some detective work of your own...

History Of The Met
This easy to use site includes a history of the British police force and has breakdowns of all the different London divisions. It also details staff records that can be found at the National Archives. It also includes registers of warrant numbers (which sometimes include signatures, addresses and physical details), records of promotions, awards, and pensions.

Irish Police
This site primarily focuses on the force’s museum and archives at Dublin Castle but does contain a wealth of material. You can find accounts of raids and revolts, a Roll of Honour, infamous cases and records of those awarded for gallantry.

In Memoriam
Containing a complete record of all UK officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, this site is a fantastic resource. There’s also the ‘Gallantry Roll’ that includes lists of those awarded with posthumous awards.

Read All About It
This Police Index is a 60,000-name database of policemen that have been mentioned in newspapers and journals from 1850-1920. There is also a small description regarding why they have been mentioned.

Police Archives
This site has descriptions of documents such as station personal registers that can help people just starting out on tracing their police ancestors.

The Police History Society
Contains everything you need to know about current evens and publications as well as having a thorough links page.

National Archives Metropolitan Police Records
Contains an online database of over 547,000 Metropolitan police records from 1829 to 1945.

The City Of London Police
For ancestors who served in the capital. Other divisions include The Thames Valley Police and The British Transport Police.

Photo © Hulton Archive Getty Images

Background reading
previous Step
Best websites for... schools and teachers
next Step
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here