Everyday Policing: The Oral Testimony of Retired Police Officers

On behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police #Chitchat? is collecting 50 oral interviews with retired police officers who served in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, both before and after the merger of the Cornwall Police and the Devon Police in 1967. The aim is to enhance our current understanding of the nature of everyday policing in the 20th century and to create an archive resource for the future and to play a part in the 50th anniversary of the amalgamation of Devon and Cornwall Police which will be celebrated in June 2017. 

The project will profile 50 former serving officers from a diverse range of backgrounds, experience, ranks and roles. The interviews, which are being conducted by colleagues but also second and third year law students as part of their Work Based Action Research module and volunteering, are well under way with ten now completed. Interviews are audio recorded and will be transcribed into typed written format by the Devon and Cornwall Police transcription service. A second associated project to interview the experiences of magistrates in North Devon is being led by Visiting Research Professor Malcolm Cowburn.

For more information about the project please contact Professor Kim Stevenson