|P.C.36 George Bakewell joined Birmingham Borough Police 30 June 1840 and was posted to the First Division (Deritend and Sparkbrook)George Bakewell remained a constable for just 15 months and soon acquired a lengthy disciplinary record!|
|PC George Bakewell resigned from the Birmingham Borough Police on 23 October 1841.
The record of this particular officer is interesting because, in 1842, ex P.C. Bakewell wrote a book “The Observations on the Construction of the New Police Force” (he added an observation – “Late a Constable for the Borough of Birmingham, and for the counties of Warwick, Worcester, Salop and Stafford). It is interesting to note that policing began in 1835 and by 1842 George Bakewell had served in 5 different police forces and had resigned from 5 forces!
In his book, George Bakewell wrote:
The police officer of the day worked ten hours a night 9pm to 7 am. but the remaining time was not totally given to sleep. The officer was expected to get up at 1pm and perform cleaning duties,, making the beds and cleaning the kitchens and rooms. But Sundays were different. no they did not get a lie in, they had to get up and be ready to parade for Church, not only that they had to march to the church with a bible under their arm.
Bakewell observed that, “This exhibition frequently caused a considerable extent of merriment to the idlers and drunkards of the area.”