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Nanaimo Board of Police Commissioners fonds
Nanaimo Board of Police Commissioners fonds [textual record]. -- 1894 -1935.
4 cm of textual records.

In 1893, the B.C. government removed civic police forces from the direct control of municipalities, and placed them under the authority of local boards. Local police acted under the joint authority of the local boards and the Superintendent of Provincial Police. Board responsibilities included police management and enforcement of statutory law and municipal by-laws. The role of the municipality was reduced to administering the payment of wages and provision of clothing to local police. In the early years, City Clerk Samuel Gough was the Secretary and William Stewart was Chief of Police. In 1894, J.P. Planta was confirmed as the first Police Magistrate.

Records were transferred to the City Hall Vault at an unknown date. In 1992, they were transferred to the Nanaimo Community Archives.

Fonds consists of a letterbook and minutes.

Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Series descriptions available.

Series 1.

Letterbook [textual record]. -- 1894-1902.
1 v.

Series consists of a letterbook that contains copies of outgoing mail. Includes an index at front of volume. There is no correspondence for the years 1898, 1900 and 1903.

Title based on contents of series.
52 pages of the book are used; the remaining pages have been cut from the volume.

Series 2.

Minutes [textual record]. -- 1894-1935.
1 v.

Series consists of minutes of Board meetings that were held every several months. Minute book also contains the minutes of meetings of the Food Conservation and Increased Food Production Committees (1918).

Title based on contents of the series.
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