OCCURRENCE BOOKS

Scope and Content

Developed from recording details about day-to-day duties, including rotas and reports of incidents, such as accidents, criminal offences, fires and disturbances, plus complaints, inquests, public events, charges, reports of missing people and property, plus some correspondence from members of the public and with later details or action taken added in red, to name indexed books which record reports from police constables on duty and describe each person entering the station, whether arrested or seeking assistance and the circumstances giving rise to their visit or arrest. From 4th October 1897 the books stop recording duty rotas, from 18th October 1907 they start to include integral name indexes and from February 1943 their format changes from bound volumes to heavy duty binders.