Crime and punishment
|Policing the area|
the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign the area was policed mainly by
parish constables. None of these men
were paid or had any training. They had to do their duties as well as
their own jobs, so you can imagine that not many people were keen to be
PUNCH magazine shows us
how Brecon's first constables
might have looked
1856 the government could see that
these county constabularies were much more effective at dealing with crime,
and all counties were instructed to set up such a police force.
Like many other counties, Breconshire appointed a "gentleman" to be the new Chief Constable. He was Lieutenant Gwynne of the Royal Brecon Rifles. Although experienced policemen from elsewhere applied for the job, 28 year old Lt Gwynne of Brecon was appointed on a salary of £250 per year.
new Constabulary amalgamated with the Borough's little force of three to
make a total of 29 men in all.
Brecon had the Chief Constable, a Superintendent, a Sergeant and 3 Constables. There was a sergeant based at Defynnog and a constable at Trecastle.
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