The amount of information listed varies, but The Manchester Police Index records usually include the following information about your ancestor:

  • Age
  • Place of birth
  • Religion
  • Trade
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Career history

    Additional information is also included in some cases, such as previous employment (which in many cases involves military service) or reason for leaving.
  • Discover more about the The Manchester Police Index

    There are 10,636 records of Manchester police officers from 1858-1941 available for you to search.

    Lists of policemen's names do exist from the 1830s but no useful information is recorded against them. From 1858, however, a 'military' type of enrolment record was kept which recorded age, place of birth, religion, trade and whether married or single. It also usually includes a physical description.

    Career details were added throughout the man's service within the force and at the end of his service the reason for leaving was recorded. As length of service could vary from as little as a day up to 30 years, the nature and quantity of information recorded can vary considerably.