An early policeman, sometimes called a Peeler or BobbyImage from Punch, 1845, courtesy of the Harold B. Lee Library on Flickr NKCR
The second General Force Register listing all the officers is in the Essex Record Office 'ERO' under reference J/P 2/2. It covers the period 1881-1910.
Images of the records are available online, but until now the records have not been indexed by name as the records are arranged by rank and collar number. Now History House has indexed them by name with their place of birth and linked them to the image of their individual record at the ERO. There are over 1250 names on the Register. Some names are repeated as they were promoted through the ranks.
Each record gives name, age, date of joining, height, where born, previous trade, marital status and date and reason for leaving the force.
Some records give stations where attached, health details, grading of their conduct, and disciplinary reasons for discharge.
As from 21 January 2016 the Essex Record have changed their system, they now require registration and login to view these records. I suggest that you go through this process first to have their cookie in your browser before clicking on these links. Otherwise they will not work.
For further information on the early years of the force, other resources to research your Essex police ancestors and for records covering 1840 - 1881 see our article Essex Police Records
Alphabetical list of officers' surnames and places of birth 1881 - 1910.
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