1856 the government introduced a
law which forced counties to set up proper police forces. The Breconshire
Constabulary was formed the following year.
It was a hard life being a policeman in Victorian Breconshire. The constables
worked seven days a week, and between
10 and 12 hours per day. They had
to patrol a large area on foot and didn't even get their boots paid for
At least the police at Crickhowell and Brynmawr had colleagues they could
call on if things got rough. The constable at Gilwern had to cope with
things on his own. There
was no calling for back up in Victorian
to Crickhowell crime menu
authorities realised that policing the fast growing communities
of the Clydach valley would
need more policemen than the quieter rural areas.
While a sergeant and a constable were based at Crickhowell, Brynmawr
had a superintendent, a sergeant and 2 constables. Another constable
was based at Gilwern.
The superintendent was lucky. He was given an allowance to keep