Provincial Police

PROVINCIAL POLICE were established in 1858 to maintain order in the goldfields of the new colony of mainland BC. Known until 1895 as the BC Constabulary, the small force patrolled a vast frontier territory by canoe, horse and wagon, enforcing liquor and games laws, maintaining peace between aboriginals and the first settlers, policing strikes, controlling smuggling and generally enforcing provincial statutes. The force obtained the first patrol boat for its marine service in 1898. In 1923 it...

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