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Change over seven decades is inevitable and Leicestershire Police in 2022 would be unrecognisable to an officer from 1952.
But what hasn’t changed is who all those officers have sworn allegiance to – Queen Elizabeth II.
As the country marks The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we’ve looked back at what the force was like in 1952 compared to now…
Charles Street police station on Coronation Day
Top - WPC uniform in 1955 and, bottom - a mobile police station
Technological advancements have changed the way crimes are committed and therefore changed the way crimes are solved - in ways that wouldn’t have been believed in the 1950s. Mobile telephones, the internet, computers and smart phones mean a large part of the demand on policing now is crimes committed digitally – as well as digital evidence largely contributing to prosecution cases.
CCTV, online banking and DNA profiling with fingerprints and bodily fluids have all been developed over the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Creating new ways to commit crime over the years, it also means we are more equipped than ever to solve crime and put those responsible behind bars.