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Armed Police Force rules, 1853

‘The demeanour of the Constable must always be respectful to his Officers and superiors.’ ‘Card playing and every other species of Gambling is punishable with dismissal.’

These handwritten ‘rules to be observed’ of the Armed Police Force indicate a well-disciplined force. Among the tasks of the Armed Police Force was that of dealing with insurgent Māori. However, by 1853, when these rules were issued, firearms were less frequently used, given the defeat of ‘rebel’ forces six years before.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: WP 3 37 57/118

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Richard S. Hill, 'Police - The earliest police forces', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/33842/armed-police-force-rules-1853 (accessed 20 July 2019)

Story by Richard S. Hill, published 20 Jun 2012