SOUTH AUSTRALIAN POLICE HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.
The South Australian Police Historical Society represents the spirit of policing in its endeavour to provide both the history enthusiast and the casual observer an opportunity to glimpse the hardships, trials and successes of the South Australia Police from its genesis in 1838 to the proud service it has become today.
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN POLICE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AT A GLANCE
Here at South Australian Police Historical Society, we are driven by a single goal; the preservation and accurate recording of the rich and important history of the South Australia Police.
From its inception in 1838 to the current day, SAPOL can boast as being the second oldest Police Force in the world - only the London Metropolitan Police is older!
Staffed solely by eager and dedicated volunteers, the South Australian Police Historical Society curates a vast number of documents, photographs, historical equipment, and even motor vehicles. We are very proud to be the custodians of the Roy Harvey and John White police cap and badge collection, arguably one of the best in the world! All of these these collections are organised into visual displays depicting the role of police through the 19th, and 20th centuries, along with a glimpse into the complex world of 21st century policing.
Housed in the historic Thebarton Police Barracks in Adelaide, our collections are a wonderful part of the history of South Australia.
HISTORY OF POLICE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
With a strong and vibrant heritage dating back to 1838, South Australia Police is recognised as the third oldest centrally controlled police force in the world after the London and Dublin metropolitan forces.