Bristol Constabulary

Cap badge of the Bristol Constabulary

Bristol Constabulary, also called Bristol City Police, was a police force responsible for policing the city of Bristol in south-west England from its foundation in 1835 until 1974, when it was amalgamated under the Local Government Act 1972 with Somerset and Bath Constabulary and parts of the Gloucestershire Constabulary to form the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.[1][2]

Unlike most city forces, the force was officially a constabulary, the usual name given to county forces, since Bristol was a county as well as a city.


Records of the Bristol Constabulary and Avon and Somerset Constabulary are held at Bristol Archives (Ref. Pol) (online catalogue).


  1. ^ "Police Records". Somerset County Council. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
  2. ^ "History of the Force". Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Retrieved 16 October 2015.