Police Discipline

Police Discipline
A disciplinary charge was recorded in the police records before they even started patrolling the streets!. Sergeant Edge, who had joined on 25th September 1839 was found to be drunk and absent from duty on 17th October. The case was marked as dismissed as a complaint so Sergeant Edge continued with his duties (the Birmingham Police did not start to patrol the streets of the Borough until 20 November so his duties may have been more to do with setting up the force). On 19 November, Sergeant Edge is again recorded as being in trouble, reported by a fellow sergeant, George Hewett. This complaint was recorded but marked as frivolous and both sergeants were reprimanded and cautioned as to their future conduct.Near the end of the year, Sergeant Edge was brought to the police station at 8pm on 29 December having been found drunk in the Sandpits. PC Powell brought the Sergeant to the station and also complained that he had thrown a glass of beer in the P.C.`s face. Sergeant Edge was suspended from duty. At 9.00am the next morning, he was due to appear before the Superintendent but failed to arrive on time. When his room was visited, he was found to be drunk. Sergeant Edge was told to report to the Superintendent immediately but did not go and was sacked on the spot.

In another discipline case, P.C. White was fined 1/- for not reporting that Park Street, at the rear of Moor Street Police office, had not been swept by the borough council workers whilst he was on night duty.

In November 1845 P.C. Hawkes and a P.C. Woodward were fined 2 days pay for being found in a brothel!

On 4 September 1840 ,P.C. Henry Fry was reported for not having his bed folded according to orders. He was admonished.