Policing in Australia Since 1788 - In the Line of Duty
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Commonwealth Police (FCT) formed on the 28th September 1927

ACT 1927

The first court in Canberra, seen here behind the group, was located at Murray Moore’s former home in Acton, and opened in 1930.

First Contingent of Commonwealth Police (FCT) sworn in on 28 September 1927
The Australian Federal Police Museum

The Commonwealth Police (Federal Capital Territory) which later became the ACT Police was established in 1927 to take over policing duties from the NSW Police. Two NSW Police Officers and ten Peace Officer Guards were transferred under the leadership of Major H E Jones of the CIB. Major Jones' appointment as head of the police was probably a blind to cover his real activities as Australia's first master spy. He was paid an extra 18 a year for his police work.

The Sydney Morning Herald commented on the new police officers in Canberra: At half a mile you could distinguish one of these magnificent constables. At two miles you could not tell him from a member of the Corps Diplomatique dressed for something really important. Everybody feels it would be a memorable event to be arrested by one of these gorgeous creatures, but in Canberra there is nothing to be arrested for traffic is so thin that it is almost impossible to be disorderly in a motor car.

The Peace Officer Guard (POG) came into being in September 1925 'for the Preservation of Peace throughout the Commonwealth' and took on a general investigative role, inquiring into the administration of Commonwealth law, as well as applications for old-age pensions, offences under electoral law and breaches of the taxation law.

Seated L-R: Sergeant P Cook, Major H Jones, Constable Bottrell; Roy Brodribb (right motorbike), Roy Hughes (on Horse); others: William Fellowes, Alfed Davies, Claude Bailey, Charles Priestly, Augustus Weiss, Ivan Perriman, William Tandy, Edwards Bresnan.

Commonwealth Police in Canberra c1927
First Police Annual Picnic, Hobart
NSW Radio Control Room: VKG
Opening of Federal Parliament House
Opening of Federal Parliament House and Royal Visit
Royal Visit, Perth 1927
Stokes and Sons makers of police badges
Stokes design for badge 1927
The opening of Federal Parliament, Canberra 1927
Transport in the National Capital
BSA Motor Cycles for Tasmanian Police
CIB Brisbane bombed
Commonwealth of Australia Police 1927